Motorcycle riding is too wonderful to not share, so we’ve prepared these passenger safety tips. Taking a safety-first approach as a passenger can help ensure an enjoyable, comfortable experience for both you and the bike’s operator. Let’s make every two-up ride safe and fun!
Before you hop onto the back of the bike, make sure you and the operator are familiar with state laws regarding passengers and the use of safety gear.
Communication between you and the operator is vital, both before and during the ride. As you prepare for your ride, determine how you’ll communicate with one another:
Experienced, safety-conscious motorcycle operators focus on preparation before each ride. As a passenger, you also have risks to evaluate before you accept a ride on someone’s motorcycle.
Motorcycle owners invest a lot of time and attention into adjusting their saddle, handlebars, and controls for a comfortable ride. It’s important to do the same to help ensure your comfort and safety. Before you hop on, discuss the motorcycle’s accommodations with the operator.
Have you ever seen a motorcycle operator in full gear with a passenger in shorts or a bathing suit and flip-flops? It’s a bike week cliché, but it’s not sustainable for safety or comfort. You’re exposed to the same environment and risks as the operator, so your gear should offer just as much protection.
There are two primary techniques for mounting a motorcycle:
Your comfort as a passenger not only makes motorcycle rides more enjoyable, it also contributes to safety—after all, if you’re squirming and leaning to get comfortable mid-ride, you could compromise stability.
Before the ride, sit on the parked motorcycle with your feet on the passenger pegs for a few minutes. If you’re already uncomfortable, it’ll get worse during the ride. If you feel comfy and are ready to go, keep the following tips in mind:
Being engaged in the ride and anticipating certain maneuvers gives you time to adjust, which in turn makes you a safer, more reliable passenger.
Even though you aren’t operating the motorcycle, you still need to be an active participant in the ride.
Sharing a motorcycle ride with a friend or family member can be incredibly rewarding—as long as you practice safe riding habits. Maintain open communication before, during, and after the ride, and return to this article whenever you need a refresher. And as always, give us a call to learn more.
Till next time, ride safe!
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