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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.

Have Fun

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.

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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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5 Responses

  1. Really?

    This is the best you can offer on riding with a passenger?

    A few good tips here, but there is no mention of the challenges of riding with the added weight of a passenger. Breaking and turning are entirely different, and the odds of an accident escalate with a passenger if the operator needs to take corrective action. Nor does this piece mention that the motorcycle operator is holding the life of another person in his hands.

  2. The images that accompany this article are completely sexist and homophobic . Many women ride motorcycles and could easily transport their male or female partner. The partners shown are also opposite sex.

    1. Hi Mo, thank you for your feedback. You are absolutely right – many women ride motorcycles, and we will make an effort to include them more realistically moving forward. We are always looking to improve our representation of the cycle community, and appreciate you taking the time to share your reaction.

  3. And don’t skimp on gear. What’s really cringy in the graphics and too common on the road are sneakers and t-shirts. Rider and passenger should have ankle high boots, gloves, jacket and a good helmet.
    Also, repeat your parking lot practice with your passenger. It’s good to know what your new min stopping distance is.

    1. Great point, Jeff! Gear is absolutely essential (not just helmets) for safe riding. We will do better representing some of those best practices in future graphics.

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