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Riding a Motorcycle with a Passenger or in a Group

Updated on August 17, 2009

When you get your motorcycle, you'll probably want to spend time getting used to how your bike runs and getting comfortable riding your bike, but you will find that your friends and coworkers who have motorcycles will want to ride with you. Keep in mind that you need to get used to how your new motorcycle runs before getting out with others and riding with a group or with a passenger.

Safety riding a motorcycle is very important.

Plus, motorcycles really aren't built to have passengers even if they have a second seat. It's just much safer to ride a motorcycle solo that with a passenger.

But, if you feel you are ready for a passenger or that you're ready to ride with a group, make sure that you know the safety precautions before you go on your ride.

Riding in a Group

If you plan on riding long distance with a group of buddies on your bikes, you'll want to make sure that you are able to communicate while on your bikes. It's not like riding in your vehicles while on vacation; you can't just whip out your cell phone and call the guy in front of you to tell him you need a bathroom break. Get a few hand signals prepared, so that everyone knows when you need to stop, whether it be for food, gas, or for a bathroom break.

  • Riding in a group of more than four motorcycles can be confusing for both you, the others in your group, and other motorists on the road with you. If the group is excessively large, consider breaking up the group into smaller groups.
  • You'll want to ride in a staggered formation, versus all in a straight line or right next to each other. It's a good idea to have the first bike on the left side of the lane, the second on the ride, third on the left, etc. Just make sure that you're not side-by-side.
  • Always keep in mind the two second rule, keeping a two second distance between you and the person in front of you.
  • When you come to a stop light or a stop sign, wait in pairs.
  • Pass other motorists individually when it is safe. Never pass other motorists in pairs or groups.

Riding with a Passenger

Remember that even if you want company on your ride, a passenger is going to add weight to the bike, and the extra weight will affect the handleability of the bike. If you plan on riding with a passenger, whether he/she weigh es 100 pounds or 200 pounds, you'll want to adjust the suspension and tire pressure on the bike to compensate the extra weight.

When you have a passenger, your braking abilities will also change. You'll want to take that into account, as well. The more weight you have extra, the longer it will take to stop.

You want to instruct your passengers to always mount from the same side and to let you know before they get on. This will help prevent you and your bike from falling over.

You'll want to make sure that your passenger is protected for the ride. That means a helmet and proper riding clothes. You don't want scarves flapping in the wind, nor do you want shoe laces or loose pants legs catching on the rear wheel or chain parts. So you want to make sure that your passenger follows the same rules that you follow.

Make sure that your passenger straddles the bike. NEVER carry anyone sidesaddle. You want the passenger to put a foot down when you come to a stop, and when riding, have the passenger use the footrests.

Your passenger needs to know where the hot parts are, such as the header pipes and mufflers. You don't want your passenger to injure him/herself.

Instruct your passenger to hold onto you at your waist or hips, and ask them to lean forward slightly when you leave from a stop or accelerate on the highway. You want to advise the passenger not to lean unless you do, and make sure that the passenger leans tin the direction that you lean. It's also advised that your passenger look over your shoulder when turning because it will help put the weight where you want it, making steering easier.

When braking, you'll want your passenger to firmly brace him/herself aainst your wasit and lean back just slightly because you don't want the weight to shift forward.


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      BBB 7 years ago

      Hahaha I cannot imagine how on earth you suppouse to put your feet down as a passenger, unless you are on a cruiser. Otherwise it says a few useful basic things.

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      peminatautomotive 8 years ago from malaysia

      Always put your safety before you. good hub and very informative.