Article by Daniel Levy
Interested in motorcycles? Who can blame you! Motorcycles reek of coolness, but before you jump into the motorcycle riding scene, you need to learn the basics of the bike!
Stand Up Straight Please
It’s mind boggling how they do it, but motorcycles stay upright while they are moving due to some pretty advanced physics. A still motorcycle will lean over without some sort of support. But a moving motorcycle will stay upright without much effort thanks to a couple of little things called angular momentum and torque.
To see these physics at work, imagine that you’re holding a bat in your palm with the heavy end up. It’s going to tip over, right? It’s too unsteady. Now imagine that you’re wiggling your palm in an effort to always keep it directly under the heavy end of the bat. Suddenly the bat is steady. That’s how motorcycles stay upright.