Never ride with the rear footpegs down … unless you have a pillion, of course.
It is believed that having them down invites evil spirits to hitch a ride, causing you to crash.
If there is any real correlation between crashing and rear pegs it could be that a rider who forgets to put the pegs up after their pillion gets off is more likely to also forget other things such as vital bike maintenance.
However, if you ever ride in a funeral cortege, the reverse is true. It is considered reverential to put the rear pegs down as you are inviting your departed friend for a last ride.
Pragmatists might say green bikes are harder to see against a backdrop of green countryside.
However, the superstition is believed to come from medieval times when green was considered evil.
It has roots in the automotive world thanks to several notable racing car crashes.
In 1910, a race car crashed and rocketed into a grandstand killing several spectators. A decade later, Gaston Chevrolet, younger brother of Chevrolet founder Louis, crashed his green car in a Beverly Hills race.
The most notable death was that of Formula 1 driver Jim Clark who crashed his green Lotus in 1968 at Hockenheim circuit.
Unlucky green motorcycles have their roots in crashes involving riders who bought damaged army-surplus motorcycles after World War II.
But just try telling a devoted Kawasaki rider that green is unlucky!
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