FUN and SAFETY On The Back Seat
We see so many articles on riding your own motorcycle. I decided to write one for passengers that LOVE TO RIDE. Riding as a passenger can also be an awesome experience. FUN and SAFETY are two things that go together when riding a motorcycle. Whether you are the rider on the front seat or a rider on the back seat there are some things you should learn and share with other riders.
The most important piece of advice I want to give you is to only get on the motorcycle of someone that you trust and feel comfortable with. If you don’t personally know that person ask them if they’ve taken passengers before. NEVER get on a bike of someone impaired with alcohol or drugs.
Do not get on the back seat of the bike until your rider is ready for you otherwise you could catch them off balance and you might find them, yourself and the bike on the ground. Likewise, do not get off until the rider says its ok. When sitting on the back always keep your feet on the floorboards. Once your are on the back seat keep your body in line with the rider. Follow their lead. When cornering this is important. Do not sit upright when you are in a corner. This will throw off the balance and if the rider isn’t aware of your doing this is could cause an accident. Yours! Turning your head to face the direction of the turn will normally keep you in the position you need to be in.
Be aware of hot exhaust pipes. Make sure you know where they are and don’t let your leg touch them as you mount or dismount. Stay alert when you are riding on the back. Be prepared in case the rider needs to swerve or stop suddenly. When the rider puts on the brakes suddenly it will cause a forward weight transfer. Don’t panic. Try to lean back away from the rider. If you slide forward you force the rider forward, possibly reducing their control. It also moves the weight distribution of the motorcycle forward, reducing the weight on the rear tire and its traction making it possible for the back tire to skid.
Communication between the back seat and the front seat riders is very important. This doesn’t mean that you need to have radio communication with each other but it is a good idea to decide how you will communicate with each other if you need to. On a long ride you will get tired, yes, your butt and legs will start to ache so just tell your rider and pull over somewhere for a short stretch of your legs. If you see a hazard in the road that you don’t think the rider sees point it out to them. In this article I shared just a few things to be aware of. As you ride you will come up with your own safety guidelines to keep you and your rider safe.
Be sure to wave at other motorcycle riders! It’s a good thing to do and it just makes you feel good sharing that riding camaraderie and being a WOMAN THAT LOVES TO RIDE!
Have FUN and ENJOY THE VIEW! Put SAFETY first so that you can ride again and again discovering all the back roads and beautiful scenery that our country has to share with us.
Tina – HarleySkyAngel
American Woman Riders – WE LOVE TO RIDE!
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