#motorcycling can be fun, especially with the one you #love. Seeing two people riding a motorcycle together may seem romantic at a glance, but it’s actually more dangerous than it looks. Because not only is the Rider responsible for the passenger’s safety, but also the passenger has placed their entire life completely in the rider’s hands. Therefore, if anything goes wrong on either end, both the rider and passenger could get badly hurt. Or in a worst-case scenario, possibly killed. Luckily, there are few tips for how to safely ride double on a motorcycle for the passenger and rider to consider.
What The Rider Should Do!
Always Wear Helmet!
For the sake of protecting one’s head from possible injury on the road, wearing a helmet is a necessity for anyone riding a two-wheeled vehicle. This is especially important for motorcycle riders, as motorcycles themselves are arguably the fastest type of two-wheeled vehicle out there. As a result, there’s a higher chance of getting a severe or even fatal injury if one isn’t too careful.
Establish Communication With Passenger!
Unlike cars, motorcycles have no overhead cover to keep outside elements like wind and rain out. Such elements can make it difficult for the passenger to talk to the rider or vice versa. Which is problematic if the rider’s going too fast and the passenger’s not comfortable. Thus, some form of communication needs to be established like shoulder taps, hand signals, or even using helmet-based communicators.
Once an extra person sits on a motorcycle, it puts additional weight on the vehicle. So it’s important for a motorcycle rider to brake earlier than usual in order to accommodate the passenger. It even deals with the additional stopping distance created by the passenger’s presence.
What The Rider Should Not Do!
In addition to the lack of braking efficiency, the passenger’s weight gets concentrated in the motorcycle’s rear wheel since that’s where they sit. This, in turn, slows down the input of the motorcycle, which means it won’t accelerate as quickly with the additional weight. So when jerking the throttle to accelerate, the motorcycle’s front end might go straight up causing the rider and/or passenger to possibly fall off and injure themselves.
Not Slow Down!
Depending on the passenger’s level of experience, they may not be prepared for the immense speeds that motorcycles are capable of. So not slowing down, or being accommodating for the passenger in general, could be problematic for the rider. It might lead to a severe accident if the passenger is scared and does some abrupt movement.
What The Passenger Should Do!
Wrap Hands Around Rider’s Waist!
Because motorcycles don’t come with seatbelts, the passenger has no choice but to hold onto the rider while riding the motorcycle. Particularly, by wrapping their hands along the waist of the rider in order to not fall off during the ride. But they should make sure to do this tightly, as a loose grip will cause them to more likely slam into the rider’s back when they stop.
Lean With Rider During Turns!
Since the passenger provides extra weight to the motorcycle, it creates less ground clearance which is, the minimum amount of distance between the bottom of the vehicle body and the ground. As a result, making turns on a motorcycle becomes a delicate operation as the passenger and rider are closer to the ground meaning there’s a higher chance for them to crash due to the added weight of the passenger. However, this can be avoided if the passenger moves in sync with the rider as they take turns. It not only distributes the combined weight evenly, thus reducing the chances of an accident, but also keeps the passenger from falling off.
Keep Legs Away From Exhaust Pipes!
The exhaust pipes of a motorcycle serve the same function as a car’s exhaust pipe, in that they emit gases produced by the engine while it’s active. But because the engine generates a lot of heat during this process, the gases are hot in their purest form which makes the exhaust pipes hot in turn. So the passenger should keep their legs as far away from the exhaust pipes as possible to avoid getting burned by them.
What The Passenger Should Not Do!
Mount Bike Too Early!
When the motorcycle’s kickstand is up, it naturally stabilizes the vehicle. This should be the time when the passenger mounts the motorcycle because otherwise, the bike won’t remain steady with the additional weight. Of course, the kickstand shouldn’t be the only thing keeping the motorcycle stable as the rider should keep their legs braced for extra balance while sitting in the front seat. Also, they should make sure the pegs are down so the passenger can put their feet into them when they get on the motorcycle.
Put Feet Down At Stop!
Though the motorcycle is known for its incredible acceleration, its stopping point is also quite fast. In addition, the motorcycle is at its most vulnerable to tipping over when stopped. For this very reason, the passenger should not put their feet down when the motorcycle comes to a stop, as it can make the rider lose balance, causing them both to fall off.
These tips should minimize the chances of motorcycle-based accidents for either the passenger and/or rider. But for any that do occur, riding gears can take care of you both.