Myths can be your worst adversaries if you allow them to rule your life. There’s nothing like believing in something someone told you your whole life and eventually find out that it’s not even real. You won’t only look foolish, but it could also get you in trouble. Better park your vehicle in that titan motorcycle life and figure out which of those “facts” that you know are really facts.
“Don’t use grease or anti-seize on your bolts and nuts as it’ll loosen the thread.”
Like the majority of misconceptions, this particular one demonstrates a basic misinterpretation of certain realities. Greasing a fastener will lessen the friction because the bolt will tighten and offer the right torque setting. This is why it’s better to grease the threaded fastener lightly before you install it, unless the manufacturer says otherwise.
“Using front brakes will toss you over the handlebars.”
This is probably the oldest among the myths and it started back in the days where people had to spend most of their days driving on dirt roads. Whenever they gave the front brake lever a good squeeze, it locks the front wheel and causes it to slide. One good look under the car, with an appropriate car lift from JMC Equipment, can help prevent this situation. Fortunately, not everyone believes in this misconception anymore and would rather prove it wrong for themselves.
“Give your bike more power by burning high-octane gas.”
Even though this myth sounds reasonable, it isn’t. When you look at it from an energy generating outlook, there really isn’t a difference between low and high-octane fuel. High-octane gas, however, can resist explosions. It will burn slower and will be harder to light up compared to low-octane fuel.
For engines designed to function in regular, the anti-detonation features of high-test gas can run against it to cause reduced power, hard starting and poor idling. The reality here is that igniting high-test fuel in an engine that doesn’t need it could eventually lower its power and waste more money.
The issue here is that believing a misconception typically comes with nasty consequences. This could mean getting yourself in an accident because you relied on something without making sure if they’re real or not. It’s always best to double check everything you hear and get the facts straight.