Thursday, October 11, 2018

Motorcycle Superstitions Explained

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to cover the most common motorcycle superstitions and myths. We’ve covered the Legend of the Bell, but there are a ton of interesting superstitions you should know, especially if you’re new to riding. We’ll hit you with a few of the more common ones below.

Green Motorcycles - Supposedly green motorcycles are bad luck - but why is green so unlucky? There are two sides to the story. The origin goes all the way back to WWII. Army green painted Harley-Davidson WLAs were used in the war and some say those riding the bikes were sitting ducks and easy targets for sharpshooters. Others say these green-painted Harleys were sold after coming back from overseas and broke down incredibly easily. The color green in general usually gets a bad wrap, but would you still take a green motorcycle for a ride?

Riding With Your Rear Pegs Down - Many bikers avoid riding with their rear pegs down if they don’t have a second rider because they think that will invite evil spirits or motorcycle gremlins to come along for their ride. One of the exceptions to this superstition is if you’re riding in a funeral procession for a rider that has passed away. Some bikers will put their rear pegs down so the fallen rider can have their last ride.

Don’t Drop Your Helmet - In the riding world dropping your helmet is considered to be very unlucky, and this is a superstition we can get behind. Helmets are so crucial while riding, so it’s kind of a no-brainer that dropping one would be considered unlucky, but accidents happen. Some follow the tradition of if you drop it, buy a new one. We think that might be a bit unrealistic at times if it’s not a destructive drop - but to each their own.

No Hand Me Downs - As legend goes, it is apparently bad luck to ride a motorcycle that has belonged to someone who has passed away. The thought behind this myth/superstition is that when a biker passes his/her spirit still clings to the bike and they might knock the current rider off.

So, do you believe in any of these motorcycle superstitions? Do you have any superstitions or rituals you do before taking a ride? We’re curious. Leave us a note in the comment section below.
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Chuck Lantz said...

I'm well aware of the "no green bikes" superstition. When I was still racing, it was very common to avoid green. But where does that leave Kawasaki? (I own one now)

Anonymous said...

Chuck, I think the "green" thing must only apply to HD's. I have had a Kawi Green KLR for a few years now. No issues.

Blackfly said...

I’m not superstitious because I believe in Stevie Wonder. But I did put a ride bell on my bike that was a gift from a friend. And I’ve never been struck by lightning since.

Unknown said...

The helmet one I've somewhat heard before but it wasn't a bad luck thing it was a genuine safety concern. I was told today's helmets are "one crash per owner" in other words, once it hits the ground it's damaged goods. It's no longer safe. But none of the others

HDMIKE18 said...

I don't normally believe in superstitions, but, years ago one of my best friends bought a bike that his cousin had owned, and was killed riding it ! My friend died riding the bike shortly after ! So I would say that if it was up to me I would not chance it myself !