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A Bomb In Your Luggage
The odds are higher than you think

By: James R. Davis

My guess is that about half of the motorcycles on the road that have luggage compartments are carrying a highly inflammable if not outright explosive 'tool' somewhere in those bags.

Not black powder. Not gasoline. Not plastique.

It's usually called WD-40!

This is a wonder product of amazingly useful application. It is also prone to turning into a fireball when exposed to spark or fire or a lit cigarette.

The manufacturer, I'm told, has recently begun packaging WD-40 using one of two different propellants - one of them remains hydrocarbon based and highly flammable, the other is not. You need to read the package closely to find out which one you have in your saddlebags, but the vast majority are the more flammable variety.

By the way, for those of you who have chain drives, the last place in the world you want to spray WD-40 is on your chain! It is a DEgreaser, after all.

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(James R. Davis is a recognized expert witness in the fields of Motorcycle Safety/Dynamics.)

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