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5 Motorcycle Myths & Misconceptions

5 Motorcycle Myths & Misconceptions

Over the years we’ve heard a lot of stories and ideas about how to stay safe on your bike and how to improve your experience. While there is plenty of factual basis behind some of them, there are a lot which are untrue and after reading them you will wonder why people believed them in the first place! In our latest post we look at some of the biggest myths and misconceptions around motorcycles and expose the ones that aren’t true.

Follow the links below to scroll through the pages for 5 motorcycle myths & misconceptions.

Motorcycle Tires and Exhaust

Sports Tyres Make You Go Faster

Sports tyres are specifically designed to provide better grip, but they only work at certain temperatures which unless you’re on a race track then you’re probably not going to reach – thus eliminating any benefit that you may have gotten from them.

Motorcycle Helmet

Helmets Reduce Your Visibility

You’ve probably heard tons of ‘facts’ about motorcycle helmets – how they reduce your visibility of the road or that they can contribute to broken necks in an accident. In reality these couldn’t be further from the truth which is why it is a legal requirement in the UK to be wearing a helmet whilst riding a motorbike on the road.

If you’re new to motorbiking then wearing a helmet will certainly be something to get used to, but when you have such an extensive range to choose from, like the one from J&S Accessories, why would you choose not to wear one?

Motorcycle Tire

New Tyres Need Breaking In By Under Inflating Them

A break in period for news tyres is definitely recommended by a lot of manufacturers, however under inflating it will certainly not help. In fact the only thing you are likely to do is damage to tyre and give you a reduced grip on the road. Make sure your tyres are filled up correctly and let the nature wearing process take place!

Speed Camera

A Fast Moving Bike Will Avoid Speed Cameras

Around 1 in 5 drivers in the UK believe that it is possible to “out run” a speed camera and some studies have gone as far as to say it is possible, but only if you are travelling in excess of 200 mph. The majority of vehicles will, of course, never make it to this speed and those caught trying are likely to receive a pretty serve punishment. The safest way to not get caught by a speed camera? Stick to the speed limit.

Drinking and Riding

Alcohol & Riding

We’re not even sure where to start with this one – the myth goes that in order to calm your nerves you should drink a glass of alcohol before you ride. We can’t stress enough how dangerous this could actually be and regardless of the UK alcohol limit the NHS advise that the safest option is not to drink any alcohol at all if you are planning on driving.

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  2. I’m not even sure how to spell “Cockamaymee”……but that’s what most of these sound like.

    Not to mention the ONE most popular “misconception” that seems to afflict a huge percentage of the world’s riding population and that’s “Loud pipes save lives”!

    Nothing could be further from the truth! There’s no scientific or empirical evidence to even SUGGEST, much less prove that loud pipes have the tiniest positive effect on performance. Quite the opposite is more likely true.

    In fact, I think there’s MORE evidence to suggest that loud pipes are a gigantic exercise in PENIS COMPENSATION than anything to do with horsepower.

    In other words, “if you have a small weiner……just make your pipes louder…..and the girls will never know”!

    Reminds me of that old popular expression: “It’s not how big it is….it’s what you DO with it”.
    To which MY favourite response is……Yeah, that’s what all guys with small ones say!

    • Loud pipes do save lives, when the cage tries to run you over because she is not paying attention to where she is going, and cannot hear you horn or your screaming “STOP!” And rev of the motor and the loud cackle from the pipes makes her slam on her brakes and look at what the hell she is about to run over. Yeah loud pipes do save lives. What the hell does penis envy got to do with it? That is all I hear in opinions like yours, If you like it so much, get your own penis, and add a set of balls to go with it.

      • Not sure loud pipes save lives, they Deffo fch up the smooth performance of the bike. Penis envy. Total BS!!

  3. You’re not a Motor Builder, if you were you’d know something about Motorcycle Exhausts. Any reader can go to S&S Cycle, download any of their Free 10 PDF’s on exhaust systems and their enhancement on motor performance, they build V-Twin Motors not exhaust pipes. Do you ride? Do you even own a motorcycle ? Mines been raced, road ridden,and besides the winners circle, it’s even made it into Hot Bike, the major US Custom Bike Magazine(since 1971),3 times, the most recent, April 2013, pages 116-117,I say that should you wonder if I ride. You’ve shown no expertise in understanding exhaust pipe performance, none,Zero compared to the experts of S&S Motors

    (Edit: comment cut off by admin, please play nice, everyone)

    • You are right, a quiet exhauste that sounds like a cow fart make your bike (or any other vehicle) run and operate like riding a fat cow. I don’t like a wide open exhauste, but some people do, the smart ones will tune there bikes to run best with the setup they have, sometimes it gets a little loud, that’s life. Maybe I just need to get a penis as big as Michael Scott’s so I can envy myself.

  4. To the moderators, it’s nice that you edit out comments you don’t like, but leave other insulting comments that you aggree with. Under the guise of “play nice everyone” that is, if you agree with it. And come up with what ever excuse you can think of to allow the insults you aggree with, and remove the ones you don’t. Censorship at it’s best. That is why I loath pages like this.

  5. The thing about helmets contributing to broken necks has some basis in truth actually. It refers to the earlier types of full face lids which tended to have pronounced chin guards and crucially, no cutaway at the back of the neck. I was wearing just such a helmet when I had my near fatal crash aged 17, in 1979. It was a fairly cheap polycarbonate one and the consultant surgeon who put me back together warned me never to wear one like it again! He took great pains to show me the anatomy of my crash helmet and how, despite it being quite road legal, it had actually not done me much service. I was lucky in that I was taken to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, they were used to dealing with injured racers from nearby Brands Hatch Racing Circuit. Needless to say, I took his advice, (and a training course)!

    • Jeez, Mitch! I’ve seen you leaving some comments around the site before and knew of your instructor background… but this story is some next level stuff! Thanks for sharing!

      • Hi.Sorry to be so late responding (only FOUR months!!!). Yeah, I had to learn the hard way, but have always tried to ensure that others don’t have to learn the way I did! Hence my job as a Driving Instructor!

    • PS: I’m a bit of a basket case on this myself… as likely to be found in my carbon-fiber handmade Arai helmet as I am in my plastic bucket beenie lid… Yikes… although, typically the beenie is used when I keep it local. When traveling on roads that take me off of my beaten path, where I may not know the dangerous intersections/traffic habits, I’ll tend to go full face.

      • Word of caution then: Your most serious accident is most likely to occur VERY close to home, on a road you “know”. Why/ BECAUSE YOUR GUARD COMES DOWN!!!

        • Very good point, 3 months hospital for me at 17, 500 yards from home!!

          • VERY similar distance from the scene of my crash to my home! Christmas and New Year in hospital followed by months of painful and difficult rehab and physio. Great learning curve of course if you are lucky enough to come out the other side more or less intact! Another great tip: Read ROADCRAFT: THE POLICE RIDER’S MANUAL. I have both the car and the motorcycle versions of this book. The car one is my teaching bible. The Bike one is my personal bible!

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