Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience that many enthusiasts enjoy. However, when it comes to riding with a passenger, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. First, check that your motorcycle is designed for two-up riding, meaning it has a passenger seat, foot pegs, and adequate suspension to handle the extra weight. It’s crucial to prioritize safety and comfort for both you and your passenger. Taking the necessary precautions and following proper techniques will enhance the experience of riding a motorcycle with a passenger.
When riding with a passenger, safety should always be the top priority. Equip yourself and your passenger with appropriate safety gear, starting with a helmet that is DOT-approved and fits snugly on the head. Other gear includes jackets, eye protection, gloves, pants, and boots that provide protection from the elements or in the event of an accident. It’s essential to educate your passenger about their role and responsibilities. They should remain still, lean with the bike, and hold onto designated grab handles or your waist securely. Maintain open communication with your passenger, establishing predetermined signals or using intercom systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated ride.
To get onboard the bike you will mount the motorcycle, raise the kickstand and start the engine. You should always get on the motorcycle before your passenger, and then have them mount the bike on the non-muffler side by placing their outer foot across their body on to the foot peg, then using that to hop up and bring their other leg over the bike into a seated position. Make sure to communicate and ensure that they are comfortably situated and holding on before you start moving. You will want to accelerate slowly and smoothly to compensate for the extra weight, and be sure to start braking sooner than you would if you were riding alone. Take corners carefully to avoid scraping the ground and lean into turns slowly and gradually.
Riding a motorcycle with a child passenger requires additional precautions and considerations. Before having a child on board, ensure that they are old enough and meet the legal requirements set by your local regulations. The child should also wear a properly fitting helmet and appropriate protective gear. Adjust your riding style to account for the added responsibility, being extra cautious, and avoiding sudden movements. Additionally, keep the child engaged and comfortable during the ride by communicating with them and periodically checking on their well-being.
Nothing compares to the love of riding a motorcycle, and sharing that experience with a passenger can be extra fulfilling. Be sure to do so responsibly, and whenever possible, practice riding with a passenger in a safe environment before hitting the open road. Ensure their experience is a good one, and there will surely be many more to come.
written by- Michelle Pelletier