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Angular Momentum and the Motorcycle Turn

 

A presentation from the 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Abstract

The torque from the handlebars that causes the front wheel of a motorcycle to lean and a subsequent torque of gravity that turns the wheel (and therefore the entire motorcycle) is known as counter-steering. This presentation will explain the physics of a typical motorcycle turn. My 4-ball gyro bicycle "wheel" demonstration will be used to explain precession in simple terms.

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Author:
J. Ronald Galli

Paper Type:
Contributed

Meeting:
2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Time:
02:30 PM

Session:
Introductory Courses II

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