My 3 Favorite Motorcycle Myths

My helmet is 5 years old it’s still good: According the Snell memorial foundation you should replace your helmet every five years. The five-year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal “wear and tear” all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance. Thus, the recommendation for five-year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy.

I had to put it down so I wouldn’t crash: It’s never going to happen. For one thing most accidents happen so quickly that as a bike you’re simply not going to have the time to think about doing this. It’s also seems pretty stupid for you to try and crash before potentially hitting whatever risks you’re about to encounter. Never, ever try and lay your bike down. It’s not going to help. Instead, shed as much speed as you can, stay upright and use both your brakes.

Motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks so police speed radars won’t be able to detect you: Just because your motorcycle is not as big as other road vehicles it doesn’t mean that you can dodge the radar. Today’s police lasers are extremely high-tech and far more accurate than in the past. In fact, they are said to be so good they can lock on and register the speed of a flying insect. But that sound like a bunch of crap to me. Either way, just because you’re on a speeding bike doesn’t mean you’re going to evade a ticket. Trust me, I know.

 

Ride or Die,

 

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