By John Burns
I spent a couple of hours Sunday morning riding around the Ft. Lauderdale airport. The place is deserted, and the airport roads have lots of curves and elevation changes compared to the rest of South Florida. With no traffic and no cops, it’s a great time to be a motorcyclist.
As I rode, I noticed that I consistently lean over further on right-hand turns. Leaning to the right feels completely different to me than left-hand turns. I’ve even noticed my right side chicken-strips are thinner. I am right-handed.
One possible explanation is that aside from occasional road trips, I’ve been riding in South Florida for 30 years. The only sweeping turns around here are entrance and exit ramps, which are almost always right-hand turns. Maybe it’s about practice?
My questions are:
Is this right / left turn bias true for most riders?
Does it have anything to do with being right-handed?
Aside from riding on roads with curves more often (difficult to do here), is there anything I can do to “balance” my turning skills?
Dear Mr. Midrange,
I think you answered your own question when you said you mostly only ever turn right, freeway ramps being your only real opportunity to lean in to the subject matter. This is doubly sad, because you’re probably missing out on the great joy of turning left, which is what most riders seem to prefer.
Lateral dominance or lateralism, is a thing scientists have studied at great length. You can get a synopsis at Wikipedia, one sentence of which states, “it is not uncommon that people preferring to use the right hand (88.2% of us) prefer to use the left leg, e.g. when using a shovel, kicking a ball, or operating control pedals.”
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