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How can I ride safely with a passenger?

| Aug 26, 2020 | Motorcycle Accidents |

If there is anything better than riding a motorcycle down a beautiful highway, it is doing it with another person. One of the best parts about riding a motorcycle is that it is possible to do it with a passenger in tow.

However, a passenger on the back of your bike will change the way that the bike handles. It is important to prepare for this and also to teach your passenger how to properly handle two-up riding. According to Ride Now, you should always go over ground rules with your passenger before you let them on your bike, particularly if they have never ridden on a motorcycle before.

What does my passenger need to know?

As you are aware, riding a motorcycle is a full body experience in a way that riding in a regular passenger vehicle is not. Your passenger needs to know how to move on the bike. For example, it is not a good idea to do a seat adjustment in the middle of a turn.

Your passenger should also know not to put their feet down when you stop the bike. This can make it difficult to balance properly. They should also know how to brace themselves if you have to stop. Particularly if you have a heavier passenger, you do not want him or her to push you forward into the handlebars due to their momentum.

How can I prepare to ride with a passenger?

Having some practice with carrying cargo can help you get used to maneuvering your bike with more weight on it. Additionally, make sure that you have foot pegs for your passenger at minimum. Otherwise, they risk burning their feet on the muffler.

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