Do Motorcycles Have Seatbelts? It’s Safer Without Seatbelt

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Believe it or not, the safety offered by the seat belt in cars has the opposite effect on a motorcycle. There is a good reason why motorcycles do not have seatbelts, and that’s what we will take about in this article. 

The Law of Inertia

The Law of Inertia, often known as Newton’s First Law, holds that an object in motion will continue unless an outside force acts on it. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen this law in action as it happens every day to anything, everything, and everyone. 

How does this apply to motorcycles and riding? First off, Newton’s First Law of Motion is one of the reasons why wearing a seat belt when riding cards became obligatory. When an automobile collides with another at 60 mph, it quickly comes to a halt. However, the riders of the said vehicles will continue to move forward (because of the law of inertia). They will continue and smash into anything if nothing stands in their way. The seat belt’s primary function is to keep the occupant in the vehicle and prevent them from being thrown from it, where they could suffer further harm or, worse, die.

This is true for cars but not motorcycles. Unlike motorcycles, four-wheeled vehicles are not easy to tip over. Manufacturers design cabins to be a safe environment in a collision. Motorcycles do not have this luxury or added safety. 

In an accident, a motorcycle will collapse on its side as it rams into and beneath the vehicle it’s crashing into. It becomes impossible to escape if a rider tethers himself to the bike (using a seat belt).

Seat belts and the future of motorcycle

Honda filed a patent for a motorcycle seat belt system several years ago. However, this design isn’t for the regular street motorcycle; it’s for models like the Honda Goldwing. The exciting part about it? It comes with a concept of an ejector seat. When the system detects that the bike is tipping over without a chance for recovery, it ejects the seat and the rider. It inflates an airbag to cushion the rider’s fall. A nifty idea, but that’s as far as where the technology goes for now. The concept of a seat belt with an ejector seat is still under development. It has not been deployed to any motorcycle units. 

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How to be safe on a motorcycle without the seat belt

Motorcycle riding is risky by nature, and statistics aren’t necessary to show that. To be safe when riding, you’ll need training, talent, proper gear, lots of luck, and a lot of prayers. Here are a few tips on how you can be safe as a rider:

  1. Whether it is the law of your state or not, wearing a helmet is the first thing to do when riding a motorcycle. According to research, wearing a helmet lessens the chance of death and severe brain damage in an accident. Make sure to wear a full-face helmet. They’re the safest option instead of an open or half helmet. 
  2. Safety gear is all about safety and protection, but it does not only include helmets. You should wear a riding jacket, gloves, knee pads, elbow pads, reflective vest, and goggles. It is vital to wear suitable protective clothes and shoes when riding a bike. Otherwise, you can get a severe injury even if you are riding at ten miles per hour or slower.
  3. This is also an important step when inspecting a motorcycle. Before riding it, you must check all the lights, gas levels, and indicators to ensure they work properly.
  4. You’ll need to check the tires if they’re inflated correctly. Also, make sure that the tires have the correct pressure values. Riding motorcycles with traction control and ABS can be tricky when the tire pressures change. Aside from that, make sure the brakes are also working adequately.
  5. Be sure to check the weather, traffic, and road conditions before riding and ensure it’s safe.
  6. Planning your travel route takes you to your destination faster. But it’s better to plan well, so you’re not under the influence of stress and exhaustion.
  7. If you are riding while drunk or distracted, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting into an accident. So you should always drive responsibly and pay attention to the road.
  8. Riding at night is dangerous. It’s best to wear all safety gear and ride in the daytime, terrible weather. It can cause a significant increase in being in an accident.
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If you want to become a skilled biker, you have to develop self-awareness, which means following instructions and practicing to make your riding conditions better and giving yourself the confidence to ride in every road condition.

Crash Properly

This may be a foolish idea because a crash is something you can’t forecast, let alone perform correctly, but bear with me.

Believe it or not, there is a proper way to crash a motorcycle. It’s not something you can practice, but the knowledge will save your life. However, please note that this theory is based on experience and not an exact science. 

  • Fall with the bike, not over it, and not under it. If you are on top as the bike falls, you will be in the middle of the collision. If you are under your bike, then you may get pinned. 
  • Watch your speed. If you know you’re going to crash, control your speed. Lesser speed means minimized force of impact. 
  • Let go of your motorcycle as you’re crashing. Don’t hang on to it. Let it slide into the other vehicle instead of crashing head-on and, as suggested earlier, fall with the bike. 
  • Relax your body. A tensed body could lead to more injury. 
  • Stay calm. Don’t try to stand up while you’re still moving. You risk further injury if you try to get up quickly. 
  • Stay on the ground until you are sure you have nothing broken. Do not get up and wait for help if you feel any pain. 
  • Evaluate your situation and use common sense. If you know a truck is barreling down the highway where you are, get up calmly. 
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Conclusion

It’s not safe for a motorcycle rider to have a Seat Belt because it attaches the rider to the bike. A rider needs to safely separate himself from the motorcycle and avoid being crushed in a collision.

Safety is paramount when riding a motorcycle. Therefore, it’s recommended to ride defensively, use a helmet and other riding gear, and observe traffic rules. Next, ride sober and avoid drinking alcohol while driving. Finally, know your motorcycle, and have it inspected regularly to ensure its safety.