How To

Rid­ing with a pas­sen­ger is a great way to share your love of mo­tor­cy­cling. Be­fore you tell your friend or loved one to hop on the back of your bike, how­ever, it’s a good idea to ed­u­cate your pil­lion part­ner on how to be a good pas­sen­ger. Here are some tip

Motorcyclist - - Contents - BY KEN CONDON

1. ATGATT

In­sist on full pro­tec­tive gear for your pas­sen­ger. At min­i­mum, this in­cludes a Dot-cer­ti­fied hel­met (prefer­ably full­faced), eye pro­tec­tion, sturdy pants and jacket, full-cov­er­age footwear, and gloves. Don’t for­get sea­son­ally ap­pro­pri­ate lay­ers to com­bat heat and wind chill.

4. Feet On The Pegs

Tell your pil­lion to sit still and keep his or her feet on the pegs at all times. It isn’t un­com­mon for pas­sen­gers to think they are help­ing to sup­port the bike by putting their feet down at stops, but this can eas­ily up­set your bal­ance.

2. Pre-ride Brief­ing

Point out parts of the bike that can burn or pinch if your friend is new to mo­tor­cy­cles. Help them re­lax by ex­plain­ing that bikes must lean to cor­ner and that tires pro­vide plenty of grip. Then give them some pre-ride in­struc­tions.

5. Lean With Me

Pas­sen­gers new to the back­seat of a mo­tor­cy­cle can freak out and counter your steer­ing ef­forts by sit­ting up­right in cor­ners. To avoid the counter-lean­ing prob­lem, ask the pas­sen­ger to lean with you and look over your in­side shoul­der.

3. Hang On

Ask your pas­sen­ger to pay at­ten­tion to what’s go­ing on and to brace for brak­ing and ac­cel­er­a­tion by hold­ing the grab han­dles or your waist. It’s your job to be smooth and avoid abrupt or ex­treme starts or stops, but the pas­sen­ger plays a crit­i­cal role in over­all bike sta­bil­ity.

6. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Ver­bal in­ter­ac­tion can be nearly im­pos­si­ble at speed. Hand sig­nals are okay, but if you reg­u­larly ride with a pas­sen­ger con­sider Blue­tooth com­mu­ni­ca­tors for the added con­ve­nience and en­joy­ment it brings to two-up rides.

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