5 Motorcycle Safety Myths You Shouldn't Believe

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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. 

Five Motorcycle Safety Myths You Shouldn't Believe, StreetRider Insurance, Ontario

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.

Riding a motorcycle is safe with the right training and riding courses.  The more we do our part to be safe riders, the more people will learn that motorcycles are safe – and a pure joy to ride!