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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-09-2013, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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common motorcycle myths and legends

this is a list of some misconceptions about bikes and riding. especially good for newer riders to take note, but also informative no matter how long you've been riding. although some might be debatable, there's definitely some things to be learned here. feel free to look up more and add to the list.

You should lay down your bike if youíre going to crash.
http://rideapart.com/2013/10/10-moto...s-and-legends/
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str..._safety_myths/

Motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks so police speed radars wonít be able to detect you.
http://rideapart.com/2013/10/10-moto...s-and-legends/

New tires come with a coating that can only be removed by riding them for a few miles under inflated.
i'm not sure about this one. i've had more than one expert tell me about this coating that comes on new tires that make them slippery when new. and unless it's a placebo effect, whenever i get a new back tire, it does feel a little slick when going through turns. but agree 100% on NEVER under-inflating your tires.
http://rideapart.com/2013/10/10-moto...s-and-legends/

18-25 year-olds are the most at risk category for injury or death in the motorcycle community.
http://rideapart.com/2013/10/10-moto...and-legends/2/

most accidents are caused by car drivers
http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-...ths/23232.html
"An analysis of SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE CRASHES IN MICHIGAN", Michigan state police, January 2006

new bikes are better than old ones
http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-...ths/23232.html

Premium unleaded petrol significantly increases a bikeís efficiency
http://www.bikepoint.com.au/news/201...le-myths-26388

If you ride a motorcycle, itís inevitable that you will eventually crash
http://www.bikepoint.com.au/news/201...le-myths-26388

Aftermarket exhausts always produce better performance
http://www.bikepoint.com.au/news/201...le-myths-26388

Cheap helmets arenít as safe as expensive ones
http://www.bikepoint.com.au/news/201...le-myths-26388

You canít buy groceries on a bike
http://www.thebikerweb.com/10_Motorc..._Unmasked.html

A Helmet Won't Help in Most Crashes
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str..._safety_myths/

I'm Safer on the Street than on an Interstate
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str..._safety_myths/

and the mother of them all.................

Loud Pipes Save Lives
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Good stuff! Thanks for putting it up!
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Agreed, thanks for sharing valuable information. One suggestion- Make this a sticky. It's too good to be lost in the archives.

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Thanks Bevo for the articles. Great shared info.

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Myth 10: It's Better to Stay in Your Lane than Split Lanes


In most parts of the world, motorcycles split lanes all the time, everywhere traffic is heavy. Here in the U.S., people often act as if lane-splitting is insane. But when someone actually studied it in the only place in the U.S. where it's legal (California), they discovered it's actually slightly safer than staying in the lane in heavy, slow-moving traffic. Still many motorcyclists berate others who do it, when they should in fact be endorsing it.


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I can't agree with that at all. It's illegal here, in NV, and more than once a few bikes almost slammed into my door. There's also that "shit shit shit" guy who was splitting lanes like an ass and smashed between two trucks.
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Consider the source, the guy who did these for "motorcyclecruiser.com" is an imbecile.
he claims other sources/studies for his material. he just doesn't actually cite the specific studies. if he did, would he still be an imbecile? just because you don't agree with him?

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Myth 10: It's Better to Stay in Your Lane than Split Lanes

In most parts of the world, motorcycles split lanes all the time, everywhere traffic is heavy. Here in the U.S., people often act as if lane-splitting is insane. But when someone actually studied it in the only place in the U.S. where it's legal (California), they discovered it's actually slightly safer than staying in the lane in heavy, slow-moving traffic. Still many motorcyclists berate others who do it, when they should in fact be endorsing it.

Read more: http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str...#ixzz2n5xJZG2W


I can't agree with that at all. It's illegal here, in NV, and more than once a few bikes almost slammed into my door. There's also that "shit shit shit" guy who was splitting lanes like an ass and smashed between two trucks.
i can't say i agree with this one either. would really love to see this study that claims lane-splitting is only "slightly safer" than staying in your lane. to me, this is like saying that skateboarding down a roller coaster is slightly safer than standing on the ground and watching someone else do it.

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Gonna say I'm with you guys. I tried it but i found myself just back in line behind the cars again and in no hurry anyway, otherwise i would be on a much higher stress level (more so) and i'm not into that when i can not worry about the unpredictable outcome at any given time. I do have a engine guard on now that sticks out leaving less clearance too. I have no problem with bikers who do, thats on them but just not worth it to me nor really my thing.

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I live in South Carolina and whenever I hear someone complain about bikers it is usually about the guys on sport bikes lane splitting (which is illegal here but a lot of them do it anyway). The coaches at the MSF class I took strongly advised against doing it.

Motorists basically see the lane splitter as cutting them off and getting ahead of them in line at a red light without waiting their turn.

Also the California DOT did a study and something like 17% of motorists they questioned openly admitting to trying to cut off bikers when they lane split!

California DOT started a campaign recently to inform motorists that Lane Splitting is legal and that it is illegal to intentional block a biker from lane splitting. If you google "California Lane Splitting" a lot of stuff about this comes up.

AMA says it is common in Europe and Asia, which are more bike friendly parts of the world anyway. The AMA endorses studying lane splitting, but not legalizing it without serious conclusive data showing there is a safety benefit first.

If American asshole motorists are intentionally trying to block lane splitters, than that basically negate any safety benefit right off the bat.
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I have read every link thanks for the thread!

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