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Posted: 7/21/2008 11:54:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/21/2008 11:55:08 AM EDT by VBC]
Has there ever been any study on the amount of particulate matter/pollution you inhale while riding a motorcycle on the highways, especially during heavy traffic?

This is something that somewhat concerns me. I notice after hard days of riding the highways, I will hock up dusty looking phlegm. I notice the dust build up on the helmet, jacket, etc. after months of riding.

Seeing how filthy a car's air filter gets after driving 20,000 miles, even though your lungs don't move nearly as many cfms as a car engine, they have had to have inhaled a good amount of dust (brake dust, pavement dust, tire dust, car exhaust, diesel exhaust, etc.)

Is this a valid concern? Enough to wear a dust mask while riding, no matter how stupid/paranoid you look?



Link Posted: 7/21/2008 11:55:26 AM EDT
You're gonna die. Dibs on your guns and ammo.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 11:57:28 AM EDT
Think about all the asbestos dust you are breathing.
Every car and truck on the road today has a set of brakes behind every wheel.

Tractor trailers are especially bad... as they don't generally have brake backing plates to contain most of the brake/asbestos dust.

Link Posted: 7/21/2008 11:59:27 AM EDT
Obama will save ya.....
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 11:59:40 AM EDT
interesting question.. no wonder VW (and others, I'm sure) have a cabin air filter that needs periodic changing.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:00:31 PM EDT
just don't breathe in the bugs.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:00:34 PM EDT


Never had that problem with a full face helmet.

Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:03:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/21/2008 12:04:34 PM EDT by wildearp]
I rode round trip from Tucson to San Diego this past week/weekend. Dust was blowing in the desert outside of Yuma. I wasn't having any problems. I find that some of the dirtiest air has been in hospitals that I have worked in...........


FYI, asbestos hasn't been used in brake material for many years...........
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:03:51 PM EDT
My face feels horrible to a point of scraping crud off my skin after some rides here in Florida. Im sure some of the ended up in my lungs.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:04:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By markl32:

Never had that problem with a full face helmet.



I wear a full face helmet. The dust blows in through the vent and from under the chin area. It's a Shoei RF-1000.



Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:06:01 PM EDT
YOu are going to die of something. Why die healthy?
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:06:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VBC:

Originally Posted By markl32:

Never had that problem with a full face helmet.



I wear a full face helmet. The dust blows in through the vent and from under the chin area. It's a Shoei RF-1000.







Good choice. I also have an RF-1000
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:08:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RED_5:
interesting question.. no wonder VW (and others, I'm sure) have a cabin air filter that needs periodic changing.


I keep all my vehicles on internal air recirculation.. Modern vehicles are very well sealed.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:12:14 PM EDT
If you're not a smoker, don't worry about it. Your cillia should be able to clean out your TB tree pretty well. If you are a smoker, worry, because smoking paralyzes the cillia. Either way, sporatic exposure isn't likely to cause any long term harm. It's not the same level as smoking four packs a day while you work in the coal mine. Personally, I wouldn't worry. It's the every day exposure combined with poor choices, like smoking, that will get you.
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