Riding on the back of a motorcycle is so invigorating that the only thing more invigorating is riding it as a couple. Taking someone along on a motorcycle ride is a great way to ensure both fun and companionship, but safety must always come first.
Riding a motorcycle with a passenger is extremely different from riding it alone. It is important that your passenger know and understand how to safely be a passenger on your ride. As said by Motorcycle Habit, your motorcycle passenger should wear the same gear that you do on a ride, and good communication is also very important.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR PASSENGER WEAR?
When riding on a motorcycle, the very least your passenger should wear a DOT-approved helmet each and every time they get on the back of the motorcycle with a driver. It is optimal that your passenger should also wear riding pants, gloves, stiff pants and motorcycle leathers or an armored textile jacket.
If you were to get into a motorcycle accident, it is just as dangerous for your passenger as it is for you, the driver of the motorcycle. Believe it not, it is not out of the ordinary to see the motorcycle driver in full gear and find the passenger sitting on the back wearing shorts or cut-off jeans, a t-shirt and flip-flops. This attire is extremely dangerous for the passenger if they are involved in a motorcycle accident.
HOW DOES A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HELP DURING THE RIDE?
It is imperative that the motorcycle driver keep a clear and open line of communication with the passenger. Common these days are dedicated Bluetooth headsets, but you can also use a hand signal system and it will work just as good. It is necessary for the passenger to have a way to communication with the driver if they are having a problem or need to get off the bike.
For many riding couple, “thumbs up” system along with hand signals for “slow down” or “pull over” is enough when out for a ride.
We hope these tips help. And remember, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident that is not your fault, you can contact the experienced, trusted and proven at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett for help. Our consultations are always free.