5 motorcycle myths… debunked!

As the adage goes, if you say something enough (even if you know it to be complete rubbish), you’ll start to believe it yourself.

Nowhere is this more true than in the world of motorcycling, where the number of myths surrounding one of the world’s most cherished past times, sports and methods for getting about is frankly laughable.

Well, we’ve had enough of a few of them, to be honest - and we bet you have too. So, without further ado, here’s our six least favourite motorcycling myths - debunked!

1. Race tyres will turn me into Marc Marquez

No they won’t - because you’re not Marc Marquez.

What’s far more likely to happen (assuming you’re not an accomplished Moto GP rider) is that you’ll simply fall off - especially if you use race rubber on the road.

Racing tyres are built to shed heat quickly while in a race situation, and if you spend most of your time sat waiting at traffic lights, imagine how cold they’ll be when the time comes to pull off.

Trust us - you don’t want to be using cold race tyres on a road. Ever.

2. If I spend more on my bike, it’ll be better

It’s a lovely myth to bust, this one, because it probably means you’ll end up spending less on your next bike.

As with so many things in life, spending more on a motorbike won’t necessarily result in a better bike. Some modern bikes (no names mentioned) are just plain nasty, but even that is missing the point.

Motorbikes are deeply personal things, and the best one for you might only cost a few hundred quid on eBay. If that’s the case, who’s the judge of whether or not that makes it a better bike?

You are!

3. Inline fours don’t have as much traction as v-twins

This depends on who you ask - like so many motorbike myths. Experts have always been divided over the idea that big firing interval gaps somehow provide more ‘recovery time’ for the rear wheel - and we’re not convinced, either.

What’s more important is the way combustion torque is applied to the tyre, and in turn, the tyre to the track. If it could be smoothed out, tyres would have a far easier time of it on the road, but neither inline fours nor v-twins have much of an answer for that at the moment.

4. Traction control makes me faster

Sometimes, yes - others, no.

Traction control will only make you faster on a bike if it gives your the confidence to push on and go faster. If you already feel comfortable on a bike, it’ll make little difference, and, similarly, if you’re nervous as hell, it won’t help you either.

Even if by turning traction control on you see a decrease in lap times, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll help you go faster in real-world, everyday riding. That’s the job of confidence.

5. Car drivers cause more accidents than motorcyclists

Car drivers generally follow predictable patterns of behaviour, but one of the greatest benefits of being on two wheels is that you can bend (not break!) the rules a little. That means you might appear where a car driver leasts expects you to appear and subsequently put you in danger that isn’t of their doing.

Remember also that not every motorbike accident involves a car. Riding in groups is inherently dangerous, and you can do an awful lot of damage to yourself on an empty road.

It’s tempting, but don’t blame car drivers for being the root cause of the majority of bike accidents - it simply isn’t the case.

What’s your favourite myth?

Admittedly, we’ve only scratched the surface above. What’s your favourite motorcycle myth?

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