Motorcycle News - New Rider: How to Ride With a Passenger
This could be heaven or this could be Hell
First, choose your passenger wisely. Over the last few years, it’s come to our attention that a large percentage of the population suffers from at least one form of mental illness, and you don’t want a crazy person on back of your motorcycle having a sudden conniption fit – not only because it’s probably dangerous, but also because you don’t want all that negativity harshing your happy place. Only allow people you’ve already established a base rapport with to climb onto your six.
Even when that’s established, Bruce Belfer says no drunks or otherwise compromised persons allowed, which actually makes all kinds of sense. If a person falls off the back of your bike and gets hurt or worse, you could be in for many levels of legal hell. Worse, they could have a sudden freakout and cause you to crash.
Set the Stage
If your passenger has never ridden on a motorcycle at all, it falls upon you as captain of the ship to provide basic instructions:
As the Captain, your duties include:
In other words, as my biggest refrigerator magnet I didn’t put there reminds me every morning: Don’t Be a Dick. If things go great, you could wind up being as happy as the great Peter Egan and his wife Barb, who’ve been touring two-up since the ’60s and loving every minute of it if you believe them. Or even happier, like me: Everybody I take for a ride decides pretty quickly they want their own motorcycle.
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June 25, 2018 at 09:05AM