Using a seat belt on your bike? Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by scorch, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. scorch

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    Met a rider the other day that uses a seat belt on his motorcycle, and he is quite the traveler. Swears by its use. What do you guys think of this?

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  2. scorch

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    Seat belt in question

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  3. snail01

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    No. I rather be ejected. Than have a bike rolling with me attached.


    This guys a weirdo. All his luggage is empty.


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  4. phuzzygnu

    phuzzygnu Been here awhile

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    No. Just no.


    The last thing I want to do is tumble through a ditch attached to a bike that is kicking the crap out of me.

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  5. Caesars_ghost

    Caesars_ghost Air Cooled.

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    I think this is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.
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  6. ChaoSS402

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    No. I wouldn't want to be belted into/onto anything that doesn't have a roll cage or a roof.
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  7. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    I did this once as a boy, on my bicycle. Rigged up a rope seat belt and lashed myself in. Crashed it too. It was a horrible experience. Never felt like repeating that bit of brilliance.
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  8. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Now with more sarcasm

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    Poor idea - no.
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  9. Oilhed

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    I crashed once. Things got better when I got away from a sliding, tumbling motorcycle.
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  10. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    When my bike decides to crash (not my idea); I want nothing to do with it. I want to get away.
    All to frequently it will stop a lot more abruptly than I want to.
    My bike seems to like dirt naps; so much so I think it might have Narcolepsy. :muutt

    Motorcycle seat belts should never be discussed, else the government might think it is a good idea, and mandate it. :hmmmmm
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  11. nk14zp

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    Not no
    But fuck no.
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  13. sphyrnidus

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    The whole bike set up looks ridiculous to me. Who would want so much weight on the front end.
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  14. lnewqban

    lnewqban Ninjetter

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    The answer is in your question, if you use enough time asking yourself.

    Copied from
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_belt

    "A seat belt (also known as a seatbelt or safety belt) is a vehicle safety device designed to secure the occupant of a vehicle against harmful movement that may result during a collision or a sudden stop. A seat belt functions to reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury in a traffic collision by reducing the force of secondary impacts with interior strike hazards, by keeping occupants positioned correctly for maximum effectiveness of the airbag (if equipped) and by preventing occupants being ejected from the vehicle in a crash or if the vehicle rolls over."

    As we all know, a normal motorcycledoes does not have "interior strike hazards or airbags or windows, and always rolls over" in a crash.
    Most likely, it would be a lap type seat belt, leaving our torsos at the mercy of random acceleration forces of impact and rolling: the heavier the bike, the worst the outcome would be.

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  15. Richarde1605

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    Say no more.

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  16. D R

    D R Been here awhile

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    In a car, a seatbelt holds you in place inside a protective cage. A seatbelt on a motorcycle would be like holding you in place on the outside of the protective cage.

    As for him swearing by it? The true value of a seatbelt is not realized until it is called on to perform it's primary function. How many times has he crashed his motorcycle while wearing the seatbelt? Or does he have an equilibrium problem whereby he just spontaneously falls off his motorcycle?
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  17. WolvesLower

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    That is a very bad idea.
    If I go down I want to get away from that 500lb motorcycle if at all possible.
    Kick it away
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    This guy has no concept of basic physics or mechanics.
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    Was Darwin wrong?

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  20. PARDAL1970

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    Absolutely no! I have seen to many accidents to know that the only thing that can save you and increase your chances of escaping unharmed is to be ejected and be able to avoid hitting ou be hit by any object, other vehicle etc. that’s the only advantage if you crash over 60mph in comparison to any closed vehicle. The worst you can do it to grab or be caught by the bike. You just have to watch MotoGP to knows that!


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