Myths about motorcycles are as numerous as rider types. Let’s explore some of the most common misconceptions, and sort out the truth from the folklore!
Anything under 600 CCs is a “starter” bike
FALSE: Possibly one of the most amusing myths on this list, this one is common with new and inexperienced riders. It’s born from the misconception that horsepower equates skill, which simply isn’t true. Watch a World SSP300 race once to truly understand the capabilities of “little” bikes and their riders. The bottom line ultimately is whatever truly fits you right now is the best bike for you.
Clubs are bad news
FALSE: Unfortunately, movies and television shows like “Sons of Anarchy” have given some biker clubs a bad name. The reality is that charity and brotherhood are almost always what’s at the heart of motorcycle clubs.
Lay the bike down in an emergency
FALSE: A crash is, by definition, a loss of control. Once the bike is down, a rider has no chance to make any kind of inputs, he or she is merely along for the (dangerous) ride. If you have time to consider “laying the bike down,” a much wiser choice is to attempt to retain control of the bike through evasive maneuvers or emergency braking – skills you should be practicing regularly.
Loud pipes save lives
PENDING: There’s no statistical evidence that is true, and it’s possible that loud pipes could actually create a false sense of security and visibility for bikers. However, some riders still swear by them.
Weaving heats up tires
FALSE: You’ve probably seen it, and it’s probably been by a rider who is about to ride somewhere north of the legally posted limit. While it’s true that weaving brings tires up to operating temperature and is important for grip. Weaving back and forth does very little to grip and instead, challenges the cornering grip of tires that are not yet heated. A much better technique is the use of strong acceleration and braking forces (while upright!) to flex the tire carcass and build heat.
Motorcycles are dangerous
TRUE: This is a hard one for many bikers to swallow, but it is true. The lack of natural protection and visibility automatically makes our hobby risky. This is why it’s important to always take protective measures, get additional training, ride sober and always help spread the “Watch for Motorcycles” awareness message.
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By: M.J. Ball