Body Position and Lean Angle
What's up guys? I have been browsing this forum forever and have gained so much knowledge here, I really appreciate it! However, I have a question. So many websites and people are claiming that "hanging off" the bike decreases the lean angle necessary for making a proper corner. No one has explained how this happens, rather, they're just stating it. To me, if you're utilizing X amount of side wall (leaning) then regardless of what you do on the bike you're going to have to use that X amount of side wall to lean. For example, if you're taking a turn at 40 mph and this requires a lean of angle of 40 degrees, how does simply hanging off the bike reduce the lean angle to 35? To me it seems that you still have to use the same patch of the tire to accomplish this? Now I do understand the physics of weight distribution and down-force and it's affect on centrifugal forces. My question is how is hanging off the bike going to reduce the amount they bike has to turn (lean angle), I DO understand that proper body position helps with traction and allowing the bikes geometry to work more properly tho. Haha, silly I know. Just doesn't make sense to me. Thanks guys!