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Tips on riding a passenger!

i've been riding for 3 years now and i owned my bike for a year, i think its time to have sombody ride in the back of my ride.
now i don't want to rush this i would like to take small steps. i'll prabably take someone around the block slow speed for practice. any thoughts or tips on this?
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Be in really good shape. Having a passenger will change the way the bike handles big time and require much more effort to maneuver.

Increase following distance and decrease speed. Have the passenger brace themselves by placing hands on the gas tank.
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you have to tell the person in the back to stay as close to your body as possible ( if it's a chick, tell her to plant those nice puppies on your back
lean as you lean, do every move as you do
and stay still when you approach a stop, one person brought me down as I was stoping because she started to shake in the seat
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you have to tell the person in the back to stay as close to your body as possible ( if it's a chick, tell her to plant those nice puppies on your back
lean as you lean, do every move as you do
and stay still when you approach a stop, one person brought me down as I was stoping because she started to shake in the seat
no for nuts is gonna be riding my bike
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I'we been riding 3 years with a passenger on my back, and braking is so much harder with 2 people
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ahh, then 1 inch space shoud do fine
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i removed the passenger pegs, and am looking for a mono tail. i'm done riding people. girls with there own bikes FTW!

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Be SMOOTH! Your passenger has no idea when you plan to open the throttle or close it. Think of how a passenger in a stick-shift car is constantly swaying forward and back when the driver shifts, yet the driver doesn't.

The same happens on the bike. Chop the throttle closed and their helmet wacks the back of yours; slam it open and they might fall off the bike.

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Assuming it's a woman passenger...

Tip 1: Make sure your passenger is wearing your helmet - you really don't need one
Tip 2: Make sure your passenger is wearing flip flops - we love to see those painted toe nails
Tip 3: This is VERY important: Make sure your passenger has at least 1/2 inch of thong showing above her shorts and below her tank top.
Tip 4: Make sure she is very nimble so when you launch her off the back of your Goldwing, she should be able to somersault off easily (*cough*)


Obviously I am kidding, other than tip 4...
The link posted above has good info as well as the responses thus far.

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Keep in mind that you can not side your butt off the seat and hang off with a passenger so make sure you take corners slower. If you are riding a passenger that is not used to riding on a bike make sure you corner even slower because if they lean the opposite way into a turn it is going to make your bike lean over even more.

If you are not pushing the limits though, which is a good idea, riding a passenger is easy. I would say it similar to pulling a trailer with a truck. Just take it slow at first and make corections like you would if it was windy.

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Another thought for taking a passenger out for the first time....take someone who rides or has experience being on the back of a bike. This helps you get used to the fact of having an additional 130lbs on the back without them putting all of their weight on you while trying to adjust to the way the bike now handles with 2 people instead of one. Let me know if you'd like to go for a spin...I don't mind being a passenger for ya. The guys sometimes wonder if I'm even on the back! LOL.

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another good tip comes from Peter Griffen


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I am terrible at riding 2up. I bought a monoposto ducati for this very reason.
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I'we been riding 3 years with a passenger on my back, and braking is so much harder with 2 people
upgrade your brake system, no more issues.


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Be SMOOTH! Your passenger has no idea when you plan to open the throttle or close it. Think of how a passenger in a stick-shift car is constantly swaying forward and back when the driver shifts, yet the driver doesn't.
Have a system of communication, she taps my chest when she is going to reposition herself so I can brace because it rocks the bike when they move.

I tap her hands on my chest when I want her to brace and hold on tight for a nice throttle crank



Teach them to push off of the pegs in corners and not to push off of you, that pusshes you off the bike, they need to learn to fight the urge and focus on pegs.

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Another thought for taking a passenger out for the first time....take someone who rides or has experience being on the back of a bike. This helps you get used to the fact of having an additional 130lbs on the back without them putting all of their weight on you while trying to adjust to the way the bike now handles with 2 people instead of one. Let me know if you'd like to go for a spin...I don't mind being a passenger for ya. The guys sometimes wonder if I'm even on the back! LOL.

We'll be out buzzin around today if you'd like to meet up somewhere!

i just might take your word on that nessey...where are you guys meeting up and when?
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Another thought for taking a passenger out for the first time....take someone who rides or has experience being on the back of a bike. This helps you get used to the fact of having an additional 130lbs on the back without them putting all of their weight on you while trying to adjust to the way the bike now handles with 2 people instead of one. Let me know if you'd like to go for a spin...I don't mind being a passenger for ya. The guys sometimes wonder if I'm even on the back! LOL.

We'll be out buzzin around today if you'd like to meet up somewhere!
Also, each bike is different with a passenger. I remember taking Nessey on a short spin last year on bike night and I struggled a little at first since it was the first time 2 up on the ST. I also failed to adjust the pre load which made a HUGE difference. You can't really do that on stock sport bike shocks, generally, but preload makes a lot of difference in how your bike feels and handles with a passenger.

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Also, each bike is different with a passenger. I remember taking Nessey on a short spin last year on bike night and I struggled a little at first since it was the first time 2 up on the ST. I also failed to adjust the pre load which made a HUGE difference. You can't really do that on stock sport bike shocks, generally, but preload makes a lot of difference in how your bike feels and handles with a passenger.
good to know...thanx Paul.

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damn, wish i woulda thought a' this one..
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When I'm about to open the throttle and have some fun, I always tap my left hand on her leg, so she knows to hold on.

Other than that, if you're going to be making a tight slow U-turn, make sure she knows NOT to lean into it...Almost got taken down at a gas station for that, and I had to plant my leg down so hard I'm surprised my leg's still intact
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You should definatly work out some sort of communication.

When you start to rub her legs, that means your gonna go fast or launch a little hard.
When she starts rubbing your legs then she needs a break or reposition.
When she grabs your package that means time to find a room and have her oil checked .

Seriously tho that link was a lot of good advice. Ive never ridden double besides my 10 year old neice but thats what experienced riders always told me. Same kind of info.

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Haven't looked at that link yet, but since no one has mentioned it yet I will. tell her to keep her arms close to your body. No trowing hands out to wave hi to her girlfriend. Look over your shoulder in the direction of the turn.

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good to know...thanx Paul.

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Your bike will definitely handle differently with a passenger on the back. Make sure you are smooth and give yourself a little extra room. Also, be prepared to brace yourself under breaking, you don't want the "boys" pinned into the tank. It don't feel to good

Make sure you tell your passenger to look over your low shoulder in a corner. It will do 2 things. 1) Keep them from fighting the bike's lean and 2)will allow them to see what is coming up so they are prepared for the next corner.

A big +1 on taking an experienced passenger to get a feel for what you are going to expect.

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She hadn't spent much time on the back of a bike but picked it up real quick. I've only ridden for about a year but her sense of balance and body control made it feel like she wasn't even on the back... except for the ( . ) ( . ) on my back ;-)

I think she was pretty good about balancing her weight between her hands, pegs, and butt and followed along with whatever my body was doing. Putting more weight on her hands and feet put her in more of an athletic position for body control instead of just sitting on the tail and resting on my back. Cowgirls FTW!
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When I saw tips on "riding a passenger" I was thinking something totally different than anything to do with motorcycles

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All good advice so far. Just let her know what she can and can't do before she gets on the bike. Slow it down a bit, give yourself a bigger following distance, and don't even think of leaning the bike over like your racing. There's no need to ride really fast, she'll have a good time enjoying the scenery and just being on the back of your bike. Practice in a big parking lot and get comfortable. A lot of people don't like riding two up, but I had a lot of fun doing it. Have fun and be careful.

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guys, all the advice thats been said and given will be put on good use. i will try to get an experience rider so i get a feel for it. thatns for all of you thoughts and tips on this

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