It really irks us when we hear someone saying they wouldn’t ride a motorcycle because they have heard a myth about how safe they are. As riders, we know the truth.
We know that motorcycles are safe, but it's convincing the non-riders of this is that's more of a challenge, especially considering the untrue myths that float around. That's why we're exposing motorcycle safety myths that people need to stop believing.
5 Ridiculous Motorcycle Myths
Motorcycles are Dangerous
This one is probably the most common myth. The truth is, operating any motorized vehicle comes with risks, however, with proper training and ensuring you take a motorcycle safety course, riding a motorcycle isn’t dangerous.
Highways are Death Traps for Motorcyclists
Many people think that most motorcycle accidents happen on the highway, especially due to the number of transport trucks that utilize them. However, that’s not the case. A highway tends to be a safe place since everyone is going in the same direction. Most accidents happen on the city streets where vehicles are moving in various directions.
You Can be Thrown Over the Handlebars
Modern motorcycles have more powerful and larger brakes on the front wheel than the rear wheel, that’s why experienced riders brake with their front brakes. It’s important to decelerate smoothly when braking.
You Will Crash if You Hit a Small Rock
Riding over a small rock would not cause a crash, however, it is important to avoid debris on the road. For example, if you see something in the middle of the road, slowly decelerate so you can ride your motorcycle around the obstacle.
Motorcycles Catch on Fire Easily
The reality is, car fires are much more common that motorcycle fires because modern motorcycles use fuel injection which makes them safer than a carburetor.