Motorcycles are a fairly young form of transport. Its very name literally translates as “driving the wheel”. Motorcycles are usually equipped with two (rarely three) wheels, driven by a mechanical motor. The driver sits straight, placing his feet on the side pads and controlling the front pivot wheel.
Motorcycles are distinguished by their maneuverability and a sense of freedom. Those who start to get involved in them often even change their way of life. No wonder there are influential clubs of bikers who travel in groups by country. Few people remain indifferent, having felt all power of a motorcycle in the hands.
However, when choosing a personal tool, there may be doubts about its reliability and security. Adequately evaluate the motorcycle interfere with some myths about it.
Motorcyclists often and quickly perish.
For some reason, motorcyclists are considered to be real suicide bombers and can not live long. This is almost the most important misconception about motorcycles, besides it is also extremely harmful. Modern devices are really dangerous and can lead to the death of the driver. Even on a conventional model, you can accelerate on the track to 200 km / h and more, and tuning also improves the bike’s capabilities. However, along with the increase in power, this technique becomes even more obedient. Designers reduce the weight of the motorcycle, improve its suspension, brakes. New models are equipped with ABS, powerful vehicles have a traction control system, which prevents the wheels from slipping. In just 10 years, technology has moved very far. Now, having acquired the necessary skills and a natural instinct for self-preservation, it’s rather difficult to fall off a motorcycle. A reasonable person will find in the ride the opportunity to receive endless pleasure. If the driver is nervous and can not control himself, the motorcycle will be a potential threat for him. But in this case, you can similarly say about other types of transport: whether it’s a bicycle or a car.
The fall from the motorcycle is fraught with serious damage.
This myth appeared several decades ago, during the Soviet era. Then motorcyclists preferred to do without protective gear. Firstly, it was not particularly effective, and secondly, it simply was not reachable. Even the athletes were forced to wear valenki or kirz boots, and the head helmets looked more like night pots by their appearance and design. There were few people wanting to spoil their appearance, that’s why people, falling even at low speed, hurt themselves severely. But today the equipment has evolved significantly. Clothing received such a coating, which can withstand even sliding on the asphalt at a speed of 300 km / h. If you watch the slow video of the riders of motorcycle racers, you can see how smoke is coming from under the fallen person. And he himself, slipping a few tens of meters, safely rises and runs to raise his bike. Even in ordinary at first glance, jeans make inserts from Kevlar. Entire laboratories design shields and helmets, and already finished products are certified, checking the resistance to the most aggressive effects. And drops do not always occur at high speeds. That is why the chances of getting injured with good equipment are low. Some motorcycle racer fell dozens of times, but each time did without visiting the hospital.
Motorcycle is an expensive pleasure.
The new motorcycle with a small engine volume, brought from Asia, costs from one hundred thousand rubles. Approximately the same number will be worth and relatively workable used models of famous and respected brands from traditional regions. A new bike from a solid manufacturer with a decent cubic capacity of the engine is already from 400 thousand rubles, but it will be enough for several years of trouble-free work. Even compared to cars, this is not a prohibitive price. By its characteristics, such a bike for half a million will be comparable with a car worth ten times more expensive.At least the speed of acceleration and maneuverability will not be worse. But the operating costs will be much lower. For a parking space you have to pay, but it will pay off with a simple service and the cost of gasoline. In plus will also be saved time and a lot of positive emotions.
You can violate the rules of the road with impunity on a motorcycle.
Compared to cars, motorcycles seem so fast that they are difficult to catch in case of violation of the rules. If a person sits on a powerful modern bike, then he will begin to violate a few seconds after appearing on the road. At sports models the first of six transfers comes to an end on 160 km / hour so it is possible to not notice, as speed will exceed admissible norms. However, the police recently learned how to deal with violators of the high-speed regime. On the road there were cameras, shooting “by the tail.” If this happens on the route of a rider, then for a week it will be possible to earn several penalty receipts for an impressive amount. Then the desire to drive surely will disappear, for memory of the adventures will remain black and white photos of the back of the motorcyclist. Do not forget about the presence in metropolitan areas and motorcycle police, the number of which is constantly growing. These employees have fast and modern vehicles, and thanks to daily practice they also got good driving skills, having learned to catch careless racers. And although there are still more options to break the rules for motorcyclists than for motorists, one can not speak about complete freedom. A dozen years ago, there were daredevils flying without rights and helmet, drunk, on the opposite lane. Today, such violations have all chances to leave the driver horseless, in addition, and with a thin purse. And the rules of the road are not just invented. Their observance will help to maintain health and live up to the old age.
Motorcyclists organize gangs, engage in looting, violence, the sale of weapons and drugs.
The last decades in the cinematograph have developed a stable image of motorcycle gangs. This is the basis for the production of action films. In fact, even in the heyday of biker clubs and motoband, they contained a small part of motorcyclists, only about one percent. This is what the legendary strip on the club waistcoat says, indicating the share of club bikers among the total number of drivers. And today the general welfare of Western society has grown, and law enforcement agencies have not been idle. As a result, the percentage dropped to one hundredth of a percent. In Russia, the situation is even simpler. Domestic criminals traditionally prefer to use cars, and motorcycles were chosen by people of a completely different social environment. These drivers can make themselves numerous tattoos, decorate their leather jackets with colorful emblems, but they will remain part of the subculture, not the criminal world. There are certainly among the members of the club those who are demonstratively violating the rules of driving or trading with petty theft, but no one has ever heard of any major criminal communities among bikers and, even more so, of drug-dealing in Russia. The same famous “Night Wolves” prefer to create fame and gain influence through participation in political actions, and not fighting with the law.
The motorcyclist will certainly enjoy attention from the opposite sex.
A beauty in a short skirt, sitting on the back seat and tightly pressed to the driver – a beautiful stamp. Near motorcyclists are constantly spinning girls, but it’s unclear – whether they are drawn to powerful technology and brutal men, or vice versa. In any case, the dignity of a person will only embellish his two-wheeled vehicle. But if the driver turns out to be an uninteresting person, boring and unhappy, it will not be saved by a beautiful and powerful bike – macho from nothing will come out. Do not worry and wives, the motorcycle does not provoke the original faithful husband is not treason.If there are fears, you can at least unscrew the footboard for the passenger.
To make friends with a motorcyclist, you need to ask him about the bike, its price, maximum speed, fuel consumption.
In fact, such advice can lead to a backlash – an unnecessarily curious stranger will simply be sent far away. There is already a whole collection of stupid questions that motorcyclists harass the curious. The most popular topics just affect the speed of the bike, its price and consumption. For a conversation, it’s better to think up some more original topic.
You will not be able to carry your luggage on a motorcycle.
There are models of motorcycles with built-in luggage trunks. Such devices can take away quite a lot of the most important things for a two-week trip. Of course, this is a reasonable set. Traveling with animals, guitar and warm clothes is better already on your own car. Motorcycles are simpler usually sold without additional containers, but almost any model can be supplied with either a universal or specialized luggage system. They will significantly improve the carrying capacity of the bike. Nobody canceled cheap and easy-to-use baggage grids and backpacks.
The motorcycle will be uncomfortable to ride in the rain.
It will be true, but only if it was decided to save on the equipment and the motorcycle itself. Then in a few minutes it will be possible to begin to knock with teeth from the cold, through the misted glass of a helmet to observe the dirty streams of water. And every intersection of slippery markings will drive into a stupor. Those who do not want to face such problems, it is better to take care of their own equipment. It includes a raincoat, gloves and motorbots with a membrane, the helmet must have a good ventilation system and have an anti-fog visor. The motorcycle itself should have a heated steering wheel, anti-skid and anti-blocking systems. If all these conditions are met, the trip in the rain will not be so terrible. These motorists spend hours traveling under the downpour, learning to get a real pleasure out of it.
Riding a motorcycle is akin to a drug – this hobby will not be able to get rid of later.
But this statement is largely true. It is no coincidence that the bikers themselves say that four wheels carry the human body, and two – his soul. Of all types of land transport, it is the motorcycle that gives the greatest range of emotions. He gives an incomparable sense of freedom, not only in long trips, but even in daily trips to work. A person feels the barriers between him and the world around him. But there is also an emotional component besides the rational component. Already passed those times when the motorcycle was an expensive and risky toy. Today, more and more people choose this transport, which allows you not to jostle in traffic jams and not to suffer from the parking lot.
Outfit is a panacea for all problems.
This error is guilty in the appearance of many injuries and accidents. Even an experienced biker does not leave for the road without equipment. However, it should be understood at the same time that such protection should not interfere with the main thing – driving a motorcycle. Some dress up as cumbersome motorbots, put on gloves with numerous protective inserts and a helmet-integral. However, in conditions of lack of experience, all this ammunition will only interfere with the rapid maneuvering, without which nowhere in the modern city. Already during training in a driving school it becomes clear which part of the equipment causes the greatest discomfort when driving, which can be changed for the better. In any case, the back protection, the “turtle”, and also the helmet must always be on the driver. But do not rely on them and assume that now you can definitely go with impunity.
Motorcycle is an unreliable technique.
Today, the technology is not the same, which was in the 70’s and 80’s and which was enough for tens of thousands of miles of mileage, after which it began to “pour”.The technology of the last generations from eminent brands (it’s not about scooters) is capable of driving up to one hundred thousand kilometers. If we are talking about a special model for travelers, the turret, then it will pass and even more. And for all the long time of operation, nothing can break at all. Motors in motorcycles are already four-stroke, having a volume comparable to the automobile.
With a motorcycle you have to mess around every day and repair it.
Again, it is worth forgetting about unreliable domestic samples, from which something is constantly dripping or flowing. As in a good car, in a bike, you just need to regularly change filters, oil and pads. And you can start with a starter, which will keep your hands clean. It is worth considering that the mileage of the motorcycle is not the same as that of the car. For a season even taking into account long crossings usually leaves to 15 thousand kilometers so the resource will suffice approximately for 10 years. But for so long on the same motorcycle few people go. Progress is so rapid that in a few years there are much more advanced models in stores, making them to choose. A motorcycle for a man is like a woman – I always want diversity and something new.
Motorcycles steal constantly.
Motorcycles do steal, but like all other vehicles. Only thieves gradually realize that bikes are cheaper than the same cars, and sell them hard. When before in the streets there were cheap domestic cars, motorcycles were of interest. Now it’s easier for an attacker to steal a dear Mercedes than to mess with a motorcycle.
A large motorcycle has a braking distance more than a small one.
It is true that large bikes are much heavier than small ones, but braking systems are designed using such a factor. As a result, any experienced driver can stop his motorcycle – whether big, empty, with cargo or a passenger equally effectively.
In an emergency situation, it’s best to brake right away.
At the first stage of an emergency situation, it is really better to start to brake than to try to evade the collision. However, do not think that this is the only solution in this case. It is understood that modern motorcycles have an excellent power-to-weight ratio, under the right hand there is always the possibility to use acceleration. Sometimes it is more useful to give gas for gases than to lightly apply to a brake. Perhaps, from danger, you can just leave, until it finally formed?
The fallen motorcycle can not be lifted.
No one says it’s easy. However, for any healthy person, no matter what size and physique, the task of lifting a motorcycle will be feasible. It is necessary to carry the load to your feet, not your hands or back.
It’s easier to manage a big bike.
The geometry and mass of these devices is such that they are actually more stable on the straight line, but such bikes are very slow. Taxiing should be meaningful, to the steering wheel one should not make tangible efforts. In the same turn, hands can not be relaxed. But do not be scared, these efforts are little more than on small motorcycles. It’s easy to get used to a big bike, but managing it is a bit more complicated.
Large motorcycles can not be daily transport.
Of course, they behave best on long routes, but why not go to work or shop on such bikes? If a small motorcycle can be compared with a car, then a large one – with an SUV. But many people go to work in jeeps. Do not leave the handsome guy dusting in the garage and getting bored. Especially for improving their driving skills it is better to practice and ride every day. If you only ride on weekends, then you can stay forever a beginner.
A motorcycle is a primitive transport, not as perfect as a car.
A modern motorcycle can be considered a masterpiece of engineering sense, a real work of technical art. When creating this device, the most advanced technologies are used. It has long become the norm to equip a motorcycle with a system of liquid engine cooling, use an electric starter, a multistage gearbox, a multivalve injection system of a gasoline mixture into cylinders. Now, no one is surprised by the models with anti-lock and anti-slip systems. There are bikes with automatic transmission, it has long been equipped with younger brothers – scooters. The modern medium bike has more than 100 l / s while the curb weight is less than 200 kg. Such a device can accelerate to 100 km / h in just 5 seconds. Not every perfect car is capable of this.
Motorcycle – transport for young people who do not have enough money to buy a car.
The average age of a biker is usually 30-35 years. Usually this is a brutal and charismatic man, with a stable income, confident in himself. In America, in general, at the wheel of a motorcycle is more likely to meet a gray-haired old man than a young man. In Europe, there are groups of bikers from mature women. Motivated by the motorbike entices different age groups, and the older a person, the more he appreciates such feelings.
It’s difficult to control a motorcycle.
In the circus, you can see how even a bear drives a motorcycle. But his vestibular apparatus is clearly inferior to the human. In any case, the process of driving is quite difficult, it requires diligence and attention. Self-confident self-taught on the road is extremely dangerous for others and for himself. For some reason, it seems that driving a motorcycle is as simple as a bicycle. However, training should be conducted under the supervision of an instructor. He will tell you about the necessary driving skills. And then it is necessary to improve them on their own, reading the relevant literature and constantly training on free from people and transport platforms.
Motorcycle – male transport.
Men really manage motorcycles a bit easier. This is especially evident when the bike needs to be lifted after a fall. But today more and more girls and women are behind the wheel of a two-wheeled car. And in the countries of South-East Asia in general there is no discrimination on the basis of gender.
Motorcycle is an individual single vehicle.
In most countries of Southeast Asia, a motorcycle is almost the most massive means of transportation. Here, even two-wheeled devices, not to mention three-wheeled, act as a taxi, and as a truck transport. Those who have visited India or Thailand will confirm that there is only a cheerleader or a hiking trip cheaper than a moto-taxi. At the same time, there are at least as many women drivers as men. In our region, a motorcycle is usually used to transport only one person, the owner. A trip with a passenger requires appropriate instructions. Sedok should know how to hold, where to turn the body when cornering, how to enjoy the trip and not to interfere with the driver.
The motorcycle only hinders everyone on the road, posing a danger to all participants of the movement.
When analyzing incidents involving a motorist and a motorcyclist, you can hear accusations towards the latter. He is accused of inconspicuous traffic, a sudden appearance on the road “for cars.” The motorcycle is really more manoeuvrable, much faster able to gain speed. In dense traffic, the attention of drivers is reduced, the emphasis is on moving to a given point at the appointed time. In this case, it is not always possible to see in the rear-view mirrors a rapidly approaching motorcyclist, maneuvering between cars. But the analysis of accidents involving motorcycles says that in accidents, it is the drivers of cars that are most often to blame, inattentive and grossly ignoring the traffic rules.
Motorcycles harm the environment.
Almost all models produced in the last 10-15 years have an exhaust gas analyzer. At the same time, fuel consumption for such vehicles is several times less than in cars. Consequently, carbon dioxide emissions are also lower. And in traffic jams the motorcycle does not have to stand idle, forcing the engine to idle. The specific load of the wheels on the cover is less than that of the car. This suggests that asphalt from the load will suffer less, as well as a dirt road cover. Without being a big target for the sun, a motorcycle, along with its driver, absorbs some infrared radiation without heating the city air around itself. True, sometimes the owners of sportbikes get rid of the regular exhaust systems in favor of tuned, more noisy ones. But also it is a small problem, after all the bike moves quickly enough in space. Even the utilization of a motorcycle will require less energy than a car. In general, the skeleton of a bike can rarely be found in a dump, there are too many non-ferrous metals in the structure. Owners of motorcycles, even old age, are carefully watching their offspring, avoiding leaks of oil, cooling and brake fluid. And the owners of old and broken cars this attitude to their cars prevails.