Motorcycle Road Trips Myths and Legends

Travels with Harley

Last week I really enjoyed sharing the ride to Hannibal Missouri. Jim and I have great memories when it comes to our Motorcycle Road Trips and can’t wait to create new ones this year. We hope to get to the Myths and Legends Tour, October 21st to the 27th and the 175th Anniversary in Sturgis, in the Black Hills from August 3rd to the 9th. We have talked about Sturgis in a previous blog and would love to make it one of our Motorcycle Road Trips this summer.

Travels with Harley

Speaking of Myths and Legends, there are quite a few surrounding Harley Davidson and motorcycles in general. Below are three of my personal favorites.

Stereotyping

Most people who don’t know anything about Motorcycle Road Trips tend to class a group of riders together labeling them as, “Hells Angels,” and although we certainly aren’t being disrespectful, most of the groups that you see together on Motorcycle Road Trips are actually Harley Davidson Owners Groups. If you follow our blog, you will know that Jim and I belong to the Bourbeuse Valley Chapter here in Missouri.

Travels with Harley

Lay it Down for Safety

Thirty years ago most folks participating in Motorcycle Road Trips, or any ride on a bike for that matter, recommended that you lay your motorcycle down if a crash was in front of you or impending. Maybe that was because the tires weren’t as sticky as they are today and the brakes were less than trustworthy. Helmets back then weren’t that great either. The motorcycles of today are faster with some being equipped with ABS braking systems. Most riders have practiced good techniques when it comes to braking, know how to swerve or make a quick turn to avoid a potential accident, and would never lay their bike down. Doing so may slow you down, but it could also make things worse and throw you into oncoming traffic.

Travels with Harley

Black is Cool

One of my favorite Myths and Legends when it comes to Motorcycle Road Trips is “Riders wear black to look cool.” Black leather pants, black boots, black gloves, black leather jackets and black chaps do look great, and although some may wear it to look cool, we call them, “Wannabes and posers,” Jim and I wear it because it is the best protection you can get when you are participating in Motorcycle Road Trips.

Travels with Harley

These days there are some colors that have been added to the mix. With that being said, I love my white, orange and black jacket and matching chaps. Today, gear is made from other materials and colors that have built in protection on the back, shoulders and elbows, but black is still the favorite when it comes to Motorcycle Road Trips.

Travels with Harley

However, black isn’t the best color to wear if you are participating in Motorcycle Road Trips after dark. Some of the newer jackets come with reflective patches making it much easier to see us at night. I love the one that Jim bought me because it is highly visible.