At some point you will either want to or be pressured into carrying a passenger on your motorcycle. Here are some tips for making your experience a good one.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, carrying a passenger can affect the way a motorcycle handles. The weight makes starting out more difficult, and reduces acceleration capability. More time and space will be required for passing. It may also increase total stopping distance. Stability may be affected in turns and curves.
Here are some additional tips.
· Adjust the suspension and tire pressure as per operator's manual recommendations.
· Be sure a passenger is properly attired.
· Avoid abrupt acceleration and deceleration, and go easy on lean angles when cornering.
Have the passenger follow these rules:
1. Hold the operator's waist or hips, or passenger hand-holds.
2. Keep feet on passenger foot rests at all times, including stop points.
3. Keep hands and feet away from hot or moving parts.
4. Look over the rider's shoulder in the direction of turns and curves.
5. Avoid leaning our turning around; make no sudden moves that might affect stability.
6. When crossing an obstacle, rise slightly off the seat.