If you have never been a passenger on a motorcycle before, here's a few pointers on how to get a good experience.
If you have never been a passenger on a motorcycle before, here's a few pointers on how to get a good experience. Riding on a motorcycle is quite different from nearly any other form of road transportation, in as far as here you are part of a vehicle, and not merely being transported in one. How you sit, hold on, and position yourself, has a direct influence on the driving experience. Shifting your weight can make the bike turn. Not leaning with the pilot in the curve can make it more difficult to turn, and so on. Here are some valuable points to think about.
Tips for Being a Good Passenger. We really recommend you read them if you have never been on the back of a motorcycle before:
- Be sure the rider is ready for you to get on the bike. Tap him/her on the shoulder, and be sure he/she knows, you are climbing onto the bike. Once on, sit still. A shift in your weight can drop the bike, especially at a stop.
- Once riding, lean with the bike. Looking over the rider's inside shoulder in a curve will nearly always provide the correct angle.
- If you are to be the navigator, be sure to give directions well in advance that your rider has plenty of time to manoeuvre.
- Pay attention to the rider’s physical signals. You can often predict and brace for a quick stop just by feeling the rider's muscles tighten.
- Communicate. If you need to stop, let the rider know.
(Excerps of good advice kindly borrowed at WRN)