My bike handles like crap w/o adjusting the rear spring when I rode w/ my 190 pound ex wife. A very good rule I learned from an old co-worker: the passenger should always keep there head on the your inside shoulder for a turn. i.e. right turn, right shoulder. Keeps the passenger leaning with you.
yeah, i always tell the girl on the back of my bike to look over the shoulder of the direction that we're turning, to just sit in a neutral position, and let me do the leaning. if you find that your passenger tends to put a lot of weight on your back when riding, itll make steering harder. if theyre a regular passenger you can tell them when youre braking, to put the palm of one hand on the tank to brace their weight. other than that just remember that when you ride 2 up, think of it as riding a cruiser, nice smooth steering without excess lean and and you should be gentle on the throttle and brakes (especially if your passenger is a wimp!). the passenger should also know to keep their feet on the pegs at all times, until you tell them to dismount.
It was a couple months before I trusted myself to take on the g/f. Luckily she's ridden many bikes before, so she knew the rules. She supports herself with the tank while I brake. She holds herself with the handles when we are just cruising so I don't feel cramped.. And she leans with the turn. Some passengers will be afraid to do this at first, so it makes it much harder to turn. Whenever you feel you are ready, just make a quick trip around the block. Take you're time and don't think too hard into it. You may find yourself getting wobbly when coming to a stop.. As long as your passenger stays put, the bike won't be any harder to keep up (unless you lean it too far, of course). Remember, more weight means less acceleration and more stopping distance.
It took me 2 months, about 2,000 miles of riding solo. The Mrs. hopped on and it wasn't too bad. Balance is weird with the extra weight on the back. I'd suggest practicing slowly with a passenger at slow speed to learn what to expect with the changes in the bikes handling. I know it looked ultra-ghey [:M26], but I did pick up my brother in Daytona a while back and we rode back to my house, ~25 miles away. It SUCKED. Not just the looks from the cagers, but steering was way difficult and slowing down seemed to take four times as long. I weigh 195 and he's about 200. My wife weighs half that and it was a lot easier to ride with her after the trip with my bro.
i'm not much of a 2 up rider unless it's some huge deal. i won't let anybody that's been drinking get on my bike. it took me about a year of riding before i was comfortable allowing somebody else to get on w/ me. they won't be on the back without gear either! my bike, my rules!
i agree with above^^
any drink in the pillion and they've got no chance!!
and gear is a must!!
my gf always says when we are doin a ride longer then 2 mins to the shop "why wear gloves and proper shoes we wont crash"
you have to remember whoeva is on the back is YOUR responsibility!!
they get hurt your fkd!
on the other hand i dont mind riding with the girl on back!! she rides really well and loves leaning into the corners and hitting straights!!
after one season on my yamaha ysr 80, i stepped up to a 96 zx6r. almost right away i let my g/f ride on the back. shes really small like 4'10 and 105lbs so i found it did effect the handling somewhat but i managed. basic rules were that she held on to my jacket pockets (so she wouldnt fly off if i had a quick start of the light or whatever), i explained that she wasnt to lean eaither way. and with those rules i never really had an issue. it definately takes away from the experience and feeling of riding but for getting around to the gym and mall or w/e it gets the job done.
i was riding for a month on my first bike (90 en500) before i took my girl for a ride. once i got her to stop squeezing my waist with her legs everything was cool. i really dont like having a passenger now because they can never seem to get used to accelerating fast and they complain that they think they are going to fall off. it is actually way easier to double on my current bike than the old vulcan but i still prefer not to.
Well, I posted the question to get your varying experiences on taking on a passenger and the post generated some good suggestions.
I wouldn't normally take on passengers either UNLESS it is absolutely necessary.
My wife's been asking what it's like to ride in one and I've been meaning to oblige since it was her after all who gave me the go ahead to pick up a motorcycle and start riding. Plus, I wanted her to experience too what the joys of riding are the same way I'm enjoying myself now when I ride.
I have the extra gear for her to wear already, helmet and all but I know my capabilities and limitations so I'm not going to push it unless I'm ready.
But, comparatively, I wanted to get everyone else's experience too.
Oh, and by the way, yeah, only female passengers for me. The guy on guy riding is a little "Brokeback" for me.
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