How to Ride as a Passenger
When riding with a passenger, the bike is heavier and won’t steer as easily or brake as fast. Moreover, it is more difficult to balance at a stop.
Any sudden move of the passenger can cause the rider to lose control of the motorcycle and crash. The rider is also more "under pressure" when carrying a passenger, since now it’s not his life alone he has to take care of..
He will tell you when and how to mount and dismount properly, what to do when you corner, brake and stop and how to communicate essential messages while on the move. Most likely, your rider will also provide you with the proper protective gear. For a first time it's also important not to take a long distance ride. Ask your rider to take you on a couple of short rides first for you to get used to it. There are cases in which after the first ride, some passengers were too frightened to repeat the experience.
There is not much to say about the gear, since there are only a few differences between the rider’s gear and the passenger’s. The helmet and the jacket are a must have. If you are planning on having a long-term ‘passenger job’ you should consider buying your own helmet. You don’t get to wear the boots and gloves, though if they are provided it’s for the better. This doesn’t mean that slippers are allowed. As long pants are also recommended, jeans would work just fine.
Never turn or make sudden moves, since it could affect the rider’s ability to safely control the motorcycle. As a passenger, you should always hold onto the rider’s waist or the bike’s passenger handholds. At least one hand should be around his waist all the time. Never hold onto his shoulders or arms, or to any strap attached to the seat.
Even if you are riding as a passenger, you should pay attention to the traffic situation too, so you can anticipate what might happen. During heavy braking, you will probably be pressed against the rider, so you should brace your hands against the tank when braking. When accelerating or decelerating, your helmets could bump against each other. It happens, and you shouldn’t apologize for that. It is usually the rider’s fault because he isn’t riding as smoothly as he should.
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