While many of us love to experience the joys of the open road, some would rather go for a ride without taking on the responsibility of handling the bike.
Follow these four tips to ride safely as a motorcycle passenger.
4 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Passengers
1. Be picky about your riding partner. Before hopping on the back of a bike, ask yourself whether you trust the rider enough to put your life in their hands. How long have they been riding? How much experience do they have riding with a passenger? Have they ever ridden as a passenger? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, ask.
2. Don’t forget the gear. You should never get on a motorcycle without the right protective gear, but riding as a passenger can make you particularly vulnerable to injuries in a crash. Take a rain check if you can’t get your hands on the proper gear, and invest in your own set if you plan on tagging along on a regular basis.
3. Get on the same page. Good communication is a must when you’re riding as a passenger, but it can be difficult to get the right message across to your rider once you’re on the road. Be sure to establish a set of signals and discuss any concerns or things you should be prepared for before you speed off.
4. Learn the ropes. Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Basic Rider Skills-2 (BRS-2) course is designed to help experienced riders improve their control while riding with a passenger. If you’ll usually be riding with the same person, consider signing up to practice with them in a controlled environment and learn tips for safer riding.
What’s your best advice for riding as a passenger or with one on the back of your motorcycle? Share your tips in the comments.