7 Most Annoying Motorcycle Mistakes
7 Most Annoying
There’s lots of annoying mistakes you can make riding, or getting ready to ride. Here’s 7 random annoyances that spring to mind, unfortunately from experience.
Putting your gloves on before doing your helmet up.
Not too annoying the first time, but after 20 or 30 years of it….
Riding off with sidestand down.
If you are lucky, you will only be going slowly at the first bump or left hand turn. If you aren’t lucky…
Riding off with the disc lock on.
Well, not riding off very far, about a foot usually, then a sudden disc or caliper ruining graunching sound reminds you of why you should have put that curly orange cord thing up to a hand grip where you can see it.
Riding for miles before realising you left the flasher on.
The older you get, the more you do this apparently.
Annoying when you only discover it at the end of a 35km freeway commute, even more annoying when it causes cars to pull out in front of you, thinking you’re turning off.
Trying to impress a crowd of onlookers with a burnout, but forgetting to put bike in gear before you dump the clutch.
Such a sudden, but deflating failure. More annoying on bikes without a rev limiter and with limited piston to valve clearance. Studies have shown a strong correlation between this issue, and Saturday evening barbeques.
Getting your shoelace loop caught on gear lever when stopping at traffic lights.
Followed by a slow, but sphincter clenching fall to the left as you overbalance, can’t put your foot down, and sprawl onto the road. Bonus annoyance points if you were in the right hand lane with an expensive vehicle to your left.
If this has never happened to you, and you want to try it at home, overbalance backwards in a chair for a reasonable facsimile of the sensation.
Looking back, at speed, while wearing sunglasses with open face helmet.
Full face helmet wearers will probably never experience this delight, as your treasured Rayban Aviators fly off your face, landing on the road in front of either a laughing/following mate, or under the perfectly placed wheel track of the car going the other way.
Got some annoyances of your own? Add them in the comments!