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Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding with a Passenger


A passenger can pose major safety risks if they are unfamiliar with motorcycles. Transporting another person by motorcycle may be illegal without a full motorcycle license. Even if done legally, it is important that the driver and passenger are prepared to ride together. Aside from making sure the bike is equipped to carry a passenger, riders should not assume passengers know what to do. 

To safely ride with a passenger, follow these tips:

  • Ensure the passenger is wearing necessary riding gear. Passengers should wear helmets, gloves, pants, and other protective gear. 
  • Provide a safety briefing, especially if the passenger has never been on a motorcycle before. Explain the importance of leaning into turns, keeping feet in place, and not making any sudden movements.
  • Practice in a parking lot or other safe place. A passenger means a change in weight and the necessity to adapt quickly. Balance with a passenger becomes more difficult at low speeds and slow turns. Continued practice will also help first-time passengers learn to safely mount and dismount the motorcycle. 
  • Break sooner and allow more time for passing. Be extra cautious about clearance and turns. Make gear shifts as smooth as possible to avoid any knocking of helmets. 

For more on riding advice, contact Butty Buddy.



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