Operating a motorcycle requires practice and experience. Not taking adequate time to learn about your bike could interfere with your confidence and jeopardize your safety.
Adding a passenger to your ride can also increase your crash risk if you are not careful. Knowing some strategies for riding safely despite the added weight can make a difference.
Give yourself more time
A passenger of any size means more weight added to your bike. This will increase how long it takes you to stop, how much time you need to maneuver in traffic and how fast you travel. In preparation for this, give yourself plenty of time when riding your bike with a passenger. State Farm also suggests communicating with your partner to clarify who gets on and off of the bike first to prevent it from tipping and injuring either one of you.
Require proper gear
Anytime you take someone for a ride on your bike, require the use of proper safety gear. This could include gloves, a helmet, facial protection, and abrasion-resistant clothing and shoes. Enforcing this rule can improve everyone’s safety and make for a more enjoyable ride.
Take a training course
Consider taking a safety training course to help you learn more about how to operate your bike. Many courses like this address riding your bike with a passenger, including some of the unique risks you might encounter.
Riding your bike with a passenger can increase your enjoyment and satisfaction. Knowing how to do it safely will enable you to maintain control and feel confident about your skills.