• Video: How Far Can A MotoGP Bike Lean?

  • This Is What 64 Degrees Lean Angle Looks like it might as well be lying flat on its side
  • Comparative Chart
  • Tyre Contact Patch No bigger than a credit card at each tyre.
  • Elbow Touching the Ground Some riders are even getting their shoulder to touch
  • Jorge Lorenzo Without the cornering forces, he can't stay on the bike at that angle

Would You Believe it’s as much as 64 degrees?

We all know that MotoGP bikes are the pinnacle of motorcycle engineering and the riders who tame them are the superheroes of the sport. They can reach 210mph on the straights but it is their performance in the corners that stretches credulity.

Just How Far Can A MotoGP Bike Lean?

MotoGP bikes are the absolute pinnacle of motorcycle engineering, costing well over a million Euros per bike to build and capable, in the right hands, of the most incredible speeds, both on the straights and in the corners.

Video: How Far Can A MotoGP Bike Lean?
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This Is What 64 Degrees Lean Angle Looks like
it might as well be lying flat on its side

Top speed in a straight line is impressive but anyone can go fast in a straight line. It’s when you get to the corners that the men are really separated from the boys. Improvements in both tyre and chassis technology have enabled the lean angles to increase over time to the point where the rider can now get not only his elbow on the ground but also the shoulder!

Video: How Far Can A MotoGP Bike Lean?
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Comparative Chart

This equates to a lean angle of a scarcely believable 64 degrees from the vertical. This video demonstrates, with the aid of a static bike and Jorge Lorenzo, just how ridiculously flat that is: so much so that, without the cornering forces generated, Lorenzo cannot stay on the bike when it is standing still.

Video: How Far Can A MotoGP Bike Lean?
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Tyre Contact Patch
No bigger than a credit card at each tyre.

And all this is accomplished through a contact patch of rubber no larger than a standard credit card.

If you weren’t impressed before, you should be now!

Video: How Far Can A MotoGP Bike Lean?
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Jorge Lorenzo
Without the cornering forces, he can’t stay on the bike at that angle
Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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