The feel of the open road doesn’t always have to be enjoyed solo! When you want to share the sensation of traveling on two wheels, you invite another person to come along on the back of your motorcycle. Yet, it’s important to be an experienced rider to carry a passenger.
Before heading out, make sure you’re comfortable with another person on your bike and the passenger is comfortable being on a motorcycle. What else should you keep in mind?
Passengers Add Weight
The extra weight of a passenger will make the bike a completely different machine. When accelerating from a stop sign or stoplight with a passenger on back, do so gradually. Start with a slow and steady twist of the throttle, so you have complete control of the bike.
Know the State Laws
Whether you’re riding alone or with a passenger, know the state motorcycle laws. For instance, only passengers under the age of 18 have to wear a helmet in Connecticut, while Rhode Island requires a helmet for all passengers.
Getting On & Off the Bike
Before a passenger gets on your bike, make sure it’s completely upright and you grip the front brake, while holding the handlebars tightly.
Riding Around Corners
When you enter a corner and are leaning, make sure the passenger is comfortable and lets you control the bike. Your passenger should relax and react to the bike, avoiding any sudden or jerking movements.
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