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I noticed something about my cornering technique recently ...

I'm a little embarrassed to say what it is… No, it's not a Hyabusa, but not far off. ...

Anyway, I noticed recently that if I go into a corner even moderately hard it somehow seems easier if I kind of counterbalance with my head. Do you know what I mean? I had been going into corners and leaning my body with the bike, including my head, which distorts your view sideways, right? But I just noticed that if I lift my head up a little more near vertical I feel more confident about the turn.

Does any of that make sense? Am I doing it all wrong?
Welcome back to riding. As an adult riding for pleasure, you'll find yourself thinking about technique. It's how mature adults become better.

If you like the bike, then enjoy it. The cure to the embarrassment is to learn to ride the bike like a pro. This means learning to ride it SLOW. Riding a bike fast doesn't take skill so much as judgement. Riding a bike slow (under 15 mph) is where you need to practice skills. Don't be the guy that's paddling his bike around the parking lot because otherwise it will tip over. Check out this thread for some fun ways to practice the slow stuff: Gymkhana - ADVrider

It's hard to WALK with your ear touching your shoulder. It makes sense that it would be the same riding a bike. Your head being tipped over doesn't effect your cornering much physically, but it will throw your balance off. Try to push your chest off to the side instead. You will have good weight transfer that way and still be able to see where you're going well.
 
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