Motorcycle Fast Facts: “Rake”


An Important aspect of motorcycle chassis geometry is the angle of the steering axis from vertical.  This is known as the “rake” of a motorcycle.  A motorcycle with more “rake” will tend to be more stable on straight-aways, but will be more difficult to turn compared to a motorcycle with less “rake” angle.  For additional information, please contact Curt M. Beloy, Motorcycle Safety / Accident Reconstruction expert at

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