One of the first considerations a rider has to think about is how to start the motorcycle in motion. I am not referring to having the motorcycle turned on and in gear (although these are important, too), but rather to the necessary precautions one must take when moving forward on a high-powered machine such as a sportbike. If too much forward thrust is given right away, the front end of the bike will lift off of the ground. This is because all the acceleration is coming from the rear wheel, and it has a tendency to push the back of the bike up under the front. Some showy riders like to do this on purpose, but if they do not find the proper balance point, they are likely to wheelie over backwards...
Steering Method #1: Countersteering
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...efer treaded tires, still made of the more pliable rubber. Tires with some tread are much less likely to hydroplane upon contact with moisture on the track, and tend to grip better than slicks in cool weather. There are also rain tires for those gung-ho types who won't call the races off for a bit of rain.
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