Motorcycle steering geometry is always a balancing act, and Yamaha has, IMO, done the best thing they could have possibly done to improve the situation. They moved as much weight as they could as close to the center of gravity as they could, and that makes the bike easier to pitch, roll, and, importantly, turn. That, in turn reduces the loads placed on the front tire as it tries to change the direction of the bike, and makes it less likely to slip. Umm, Gray, I'm not looking for a fight here, but how could they move as much weight as they could to the centre of gravity? The centre of gravity could be anywhere on the bike, not necessarily the centre of the bike, it could be high or low, forward or rearward. They actually put the engine as far forward and as low as they can. Handling is also affected by the internal movements of the engine. Also, the more load you put on the front tyre, the better it will grip and turn. 4strokes(because of the engine breaking) put more load on the front than 2strokes(not including use of the front brake), which increases front tyre grip and also steepens the head angle for sharper turning.