Have a significant other in your life that you want to bring into the motorcycle lifestyle? Welcome them into the world of riding by having them hop on the back of your bike this Valentine’s Day. Before you set off, we have a few tips to consider when riding with a passenger.
Give Them a Tour of Your Bike
Who doesn’t want to show off their ride? Give your passenger a full tour of the bike explaining what different parts do and any other tips that might be helpful before taking a ride. Show them how to properly mount and sit on the bike and make sure they feel comfortable before heading out.
Check Safety Gear
Set a good example by wearing safety gear and encouraging your passenger to do the same. Make sure they are wearing a properly fitting helmet, gloves, boots, long pants, motorcycle jacket, eye protection, and any tech they might need like a bluetooth helmet headset for communicating during rides. Remember, their safety is in your hands so make sure they are outfitted with the right gear.
Go Over The Basic Ground Rules
You want to make sure your passenger is comfortable during your ride, but you also want to make sure you both remain safe. Layout a few basic rules like make no sudden movements, trust your partner, hold on tightly, use the footpegs, use the proper hand signals, etc.
Take a Test Ride
Before you head out on a cross country excursion, you’ll want to take a test ride to make sure you both are feeling confident on the bike. You’ll notice a significant difference in balance, brake and acceleration times, turns, and more with two riders so it’s important to practice these movements in a controlled setting. Take it slow and ask the passenger if they have any questions or hesitations during your test ride.
This might be a no-brainer but show your passenger how fun riding can be (while practicing proper safety precautions). Remember, never take a passenger on the back of your motorcycle until both parties feel ready. After a few rides, you might even inspire them to buy a bike of their own one day.