A recent medical study is warning motorcyclists about dangers linked to the hobby that your mother never talked about. The study suggests that men who ride motorcycles are at risk of impotence and urinary problems due to the vibration of the engine damaging nerves in the area where their bathing suits cover.
The study, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, was carried out by doctors in Japan and found most motorcycle seats put excessive pressure on the perineum, that area between the anus and the scrotum. This pressure can restrict blood flow to the rider’s little soldier, which in turn causes problems when being called to stand at attention. The study also revealed vibrations from the engine caused a decrease in two growth hormones in the bladder and prostate related to bladder relaxation.
The study didn’t detail which motorcycles, engine size or the age of the bikes ridden by the participants. As many know, vibration has been reduced in later model motorcycles through technological innovations like fuel injection, mechanical balancing of engines and rubber engine mounts.
Smoking and alcohol are also known causes of impotence, which along with the aforementioned findings makes for a triple threat against most of us. Many consequences and statistics about injuries and accidents are often shared with those of us who ride motorcycles, but this could possibly be the only one that any of us would actually find frightening.