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Are you riding with a passenger? The extra weight makes a difference. There are times when motorcyclists can take on passengers. It can be a great way to ride with a friend, club member, or significant other as long as you know how to be safe. It’s very important that you know how to ride your bike when you add a passenger. It’s not difficult, but there are things you need to know; the changing weight load that will affect how you drive your motorcycle.
Prepping Your Bike
You need to consider your bike suspension. If you’re going for anything other than a short distance, you need to adjust the rest suspensions preload. If you don’t, your passenger will be bouncing all over the place, and your suspension could bottom out. In addition, consider whether you need to increase your tire pressure. Be sure to check that footrests are bolted down tightly same goes for the grab rail if you have one.
Ground Rules With Your Passenger
Next, talk to your passenger to establish ground rules. If the passenger is a novice, explain about leaning over into a bend. So they don’t panic mid-bend, explain that they have to keep their feet on the footrests even when the bike stopped for traffic or at a red light. Show and explain the purpose of the grab rail. Some are at the back of the seat, and some are underneath onto the side. Make sure your passenger grabs hold of it before setting off. Explain the effects of acceleration and braking and how to sit through these active motions. It’s also important to let them know which side to mount and dismount from and how to avoid the motorcycle’s hot exhaust when doing so.
On The Road
Now that you’re ready to ride, more throttle will be required to pull away. Good clutch control will help keep gear changes from being jerky, affording you and your passenger a good smooth ride. Keep in mind the extra weight. You will need more time to slow down for slow turns, stops, and U-turns. You will need to be ready to brace your legs due to the extra load. Riding with the passenger in Rhode Island, motorcyclists are required to have a separate rear seat and footrest, as well as the grab rail. Those under 12 years of age must be properly secured in the back seat in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Passengers must wear approved helmets.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen, even if you’re an experienced rider. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case. We want to help you in any way we can.