Safety How do you not get burned?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by ryansclzo, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. ryansclzo

    ryansclzo Member

    My Motorized Bicycle has a fairly tight frame, but how do you guys not get burned lol... I fell on my bike by accident and the only thing that hurt after was a long burn scar going down where my leg touched the engine for 7 seconds :p.

    Tell me your burn stories :D:D:D And also I wanna know how to prevent them... how will I get leg protection on my little framed bike :S........I only wear shorts and a T-shirt throughout the year lol
     

  2. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Well there's your problem
     
  3. ryansclzo

    ryansclzo Member

    well do you wear jeans and a leather jacket every time out :p?
     
  4. adrian101

    adrian101 Member

    7 seconds lol what the ****? I once got a massive burn on my shin from my exhaust when getting off to fast, it only touch for a split second and i was jumping around like a girl screaming.. Also the fins on the cylinder head also touched my leg and left fin marks LOL

    I now wear long pants when riding, jumper, Orange vest, gloves and a motocycle helmet. Coming off a motorised bike with a bicycle helmet isn't going to save your head.
     
  5. tooljunkie

    tooljunkie Member

    i would never consider riding in shorts.thats just a bunch of skin waiting to get burned and scraped off.same goes for a street bike a dirt bike or an atv.
     
  6. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I ride with Kevlar lined jeans and a jacket and steel capped boots and a skate helmet and full wrap safety glasses - to do otherwise is simply foolish

    Why the heck would a person want to put themselves is such a high level of danger by wearing shorts and a T-shirt, because crashing at 30 mph isn't going to be pretty when you get snagged up in the bike and the road surface is tearing away skin or grinding it's way to the bone :90:
     
  7. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I forgot to mention that i wear decent Kevlar lined motorcycle gloves and a reflective high visibility safety vest with front and rear flashing lights on the bike combined with driving lights and a no nonsense pneumatic horn pressurized to 140 PSI.
     
  8. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Did i mention that i have proper left and right hand side mirrors with incorporated turn signals and a rear brake light...
     
  9. MikeJ

    MikeJ Member

    I am amazed this question even came up. If you have problems controlling your motorized bicycle and you fall down, you have to figure out what is causing you to fall. And dress for the fall. Granted, unforeseeable and dumb things happen to make you lose control of your bike. Only you can think ahead to minimize the chance of that happening. Hitting a big pothole at night or getting hit by a drunk, dopey, plain dumb, or distracted 4-wheel driver does happen. At that point, only the right safety gear and clothes will protect you from burns, massive scrapes, and major brain damage.

    Fabian has it right with better-than-average riding gear and prepared bike. I'm not far behind him and could improve. Guys like you have a LOT of improvement to do. Spend the money and get safety gear for yourself and your bike. You will never regret buying it if you ever need it. Talk to an ambulance crew if you don't believe me or Fabian.

    MikeJ
     
  10. raindroptree

    raindroptree New Member

    I am wondering the same thing as ryansclzo. is there some type of guard that can go over the motor and still be thin enough to not get in the way of the pedals? I live in Florida, and it is 90+ everyday here in the summer. there is no way that I am going to wear jeans in this heat. I am thinking about buying a special suit that still has air flow. I would love to know if there is a guard for the motor.
     
  11. raindroptree

    raindroptree New Member

    if there isn't a guard that I can buy, I don't mind making one myself. it just seems plain dumb not to have a guard on the motor. every person on here has been burned by the motor.
     
  12. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I at least always wear long pants and gloves. I usually go for a t shirt and don't always wear my helmet though
     
  13. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    just ride faster, let the air keep you cool

    I haven't been burned, but my leg touches the exhaust pipe all the time. just wear jeans.
     
  14. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Exhaust wrap insulates the pipe which if you have an expansion chamber or a gutted stock pipe (two stroke), boosts performance because the gasses inside the pipe get hotter and return to the engine faster. The exhaust wrap also provides some heat protection. Not a lot, but some. I recently bought 15' of exhaust wrap on eBay for $10 with free shipping, and it comes in different colors. I got orange, because it matches my gas tank. As far as legs touching the motor is concerned, if its happening then you're either doing something wrong or you've wrecked, which could be the same thing. There isn't a guard you can buy for the engine or the muffler, but you can make a guard out of sheet metal. Mesh steel is the best because it has holes that still allow some heat to escape, which is necessary for the engine and also if a leg were to touch the guard, it would not be as hot. But I think exhaust wrap looks better and should provide adequate protection. I also ride in shorts and a t shirt, unless I am either in a work uniform or it is too cold for shorts. And sometimes if it is extremely hot, I will take my uniform in a backpack and change at work.
     
  15. raindroptree

    raindroptree New Member

    thank you butterbean, that was good information. I will definately look into the exhaust wrap, it sounds like a great way to add protection. I will wear a leg wrap if i need to as well.
     
  16. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    I'm not aware of anything that wraps around the leg to protect it from engine/exhaust heat.
     
  17. Schenectady Motors

    Schenectady Motors New Member

    Well I burned myself on an exhaust the first time I rode my motorbike...should've been wearing jeans, but now I know better.
    Even before the burn, I made sure I always wore a helmet. I especially can't risk it, not even on a normal bike, so I don't. The other two are right, proper gear is important.
     
  18. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    If you pay attention and don't let your legs touch the exhaust, you really don't need leg protection. I wear shorts and a T-shirt almost every time I ride and haven't burned myself in a long time.
     
  19. raindroptree

    raindroptree New Member

    I got a motorized bicycle and every single time that I ride, I burn my leg on the motor, not the exhaust. the exhaust pipe is actually too far away from my leg to even get burned by it, it's the motor, just like I thought it would be. I am going to either buy a velcro leg wrap that I can slap on my leg every time that I get on, or I am going to have to build a motor guard. I am Also Always paying attention, but I still get burned because the motor is literally right up against my leg, no matter how much I pay attention, a small turn on the bike makes me tilt my leg a little and burn it. for now though, I am just going to get the leg guard and see how that goes, though I would prefer that nothing touch the motor at all, so I will probably have to make a motor guard from the materials Butterbean suggested.
     
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  20. raindroptree

    raindroptree New Member

    BTW, I am getting burned on the cylinder head. I am going to buy some high heat resistant fabric, like amorphous silica cloth, kelvar/nome fibre, etc., and sew some velcro, them just wrap it around the pay of my leg that had been getting burned. perfect solution, no melting on the engine and no burns on my skin.