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Is it dangerous to lay down your motorcycle?

Missouri motorcyclists may someday get into a situation where a sudden obstacle appears that you'll need to avoid hitting. In these scenarios, some riders may suggest that you lay your bike down. But is this really the best option?

When people use the phrase "to lay down your bike", they're referring to the action of turning your bike onto its side while you're still riding it. Theoretically, this will lessen the impact that comes from you hitting whatever obstacle is in your way, potentially saving your life. However, Motorcycle Central debunks this as being untrue and says that you should never lay down your motorcycle. The number one reason is because this action will take control of your bike away from you, thus leaving you with no say over what direction you and your bike go in. This can defeat the purpose of trying to avoid hitting something, sending you directly into the obstacle.

Additionally, the side of the bike offers very little resistance against the road. You won't be able to brake when you're skidding across the ground on metal and plastic. This also ups your chances of crashing rather than being able to come to a stop. You might get some nasty road burn along the way too, due to your close proximity to the ground.

Braking and swerving are the two tried and true tactics that may help you avoid getting into an accident. This is why maintaining control over your bike is of vital importance, and why actions that wrest that control away should be avoided.

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