6. New tires come with a coating that can only be removed by riding them for a few miles under inflated.
No. You’re going to fall off and hurt yourself or maybe get killed. Most new motorcycle road tires look like they have a coating on them but in effect that’s because that’s what they look like when they come out of the mold at the factory.
Never, ever reduce the pressure in the tires to try and scrub them in. Riding on under inflated tires causes them to flex, damages the sidewall and potentially could cause a blow out throwing you off the bike and down on the road. Don’t do it.
7. 18-25 year-olds are the most at risk category for injury or death in the motorcycle community.
While novice riders run a high degree of risk due to lack of experience, the facts are, according to the National Highway Transport Safety Administration’s latest findings on motorcycle deaths, that the biggest group of riders to be killed in the U.S. are the 40-55 year-olds. NHTSA has been tracking this information for the past 10 years and the single largest group – more than 40% – of all riders killed in U.S. traffic accidents had an average age of 42-years-old. Tell your relatives that when you choose a bike over a car.
8. You must never worry about crashing on a bike because if you do you will automatically crash.
Nonsense. While you shouldn’t be mentally fixated on the possibility of hurting yourself on a bike, every single time you get on your motorcycle you need to be fully aware of what you are doing and always be ready to take evasive action. If you think it won’t happen to you, it will.
9. Buy the bike of your dreams as your first bike as you’ll soon learn how to ride it.
This depends on what your dream bike is. But before you even part with your hard-earned cash you should have budgeted for all of the good safety gear you need. Not just a helmet. But gloves, good boots and riding leathers are a must. Once you have all of that, it is only then that you should worry about a bike. Also, just because you’ve set your heart on a particular bike doesn’t mean you should go straight out and buy it. Do your homework. Talk to friends who ride and people who know. Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and learn how to ride. Then buy something that matches your abilities and that you will be confident on. Make it a bike that you will not worry too much about dropping and that can be fixed easily and cheaply. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run and then when your skills are really up to speed you can go out and buy that dream bike. It will still be there.
10. Because you ride a motorcycle and are dressed from head to toe in leathers you will be completely irresistible to women.
Possibly. But only if you can find one who is happy to spend hours talking with you about suspension settings, the merits of a GSX-R versus a Hayabusa, or a KTM Super Duke or something from Ducati. She will dig the fact you have oil under your fingernails and won’t be put off because you and your leathers smell like a badger’s armpit after eight hours of canyon carving. She’ll think your helmet hair is cute and will be more than happy to look at your road scars and hear for the thousandth time about how you fell off at over 100 mph even though it wasn’t you fault. In actual fact, if she does all of is, she probably rides as well. In which case my friend you’ve hit the jackpot.
Have we missed anything? We’re sure we have, as this is just a fraction of the urban motorcycle myths. What have you heard since you started riding?
Opinion: Two-Wheeled Superstition