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Old 10-06-2010, 07:30 AM   #1
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Riding with a passenger.

Any experts wanna fill me in on a few tips?

I took out a friend's r6 for a ride last night... my wife wanted to sit with me... and i tried but felt like i couldn't handle or balance the bike... (she is like 110 and 5'4).....
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Couldn't balance the bike sitting still or while moving? I always tell my wife no sudden movements while we are sitting still.
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Tips:
being a passenger on a sportbike is an ACTIVE task. its not like riding in a car where you just sit there.

She should hold your waist when you accelerate, and press on the tank with her palms when you brake (preventing the pair of you from sliding forward and you smashing your nuts)

She should look over your inside shoulder when you turn. What happens to a lot of passengers that don't know better is that they lean against the turn: the bike leans, they don't want to, so they lean "back up" which has the effect of making the bike try to stand up in a turn making it difficult to handle. Having the passenger always look over your shoulder to the inside of the turn keeps them fairly neutral (maybe adding a pinch of weight transfer).
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if you don't own the bike, you probably don't know what you're doing. and you shoouldn't have a passenger until you do. he should have stopped you.
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if you don't own the bike, you probably don't know what you're doing. and you shoouldn't have a passenger until you do. he should have stopped you.


Not saying the OP cant ride or ANYTHING to that degree. But my rule is "Friends, dont let friends ride their bikes"

But any tips would be appreciated bc ive been trying to get the gf comfortable on my r6 and it sure is a task trying to get her to sit still and not use the pegs to re-position herself...grrr so i ride solo 95% of the time. But id like her to go to some meets with me!
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you cant expect them to sit still 100% of the time. They have to move and get comfortable just like you do, infact if your on a ss its going to be very uncomfortable for them. It takes alot of practice, and alot of confidence in your ability. +1 to po po head on inside shoulder looking through the curve as you would. supporting herself on the pegs, and not leaning too much against you. You need to be 100% confortable on a bike before you attempt to have a paasenger.
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Take her for a ride on a Busa. Its a whole different 2 up ride. Get my point?
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being a passenger on a sportbike is an ACTIVE task. its not like riding in a car where you just sit there.

She should hold your waist when you accelerate, and press on the tank with her palms when you brake (preventing the pair of you from sliding forward and you smashing your nuts)

She should look over your inside shoulder when you turn. What happens to a lot of passengers that don't know better is that they lean against the turn: the bike leans, they don't want to, so they lean "back up" which has the effect of making the bike try to stand up in a turn making it difficult to handle. Having the passenger always look over your shoulder to the inside of the turn keeps them fairly neutral (maybe adding a pinch of weight transfer).
This is very important. She leans the opposite way, you almost go straight. My bike is scratched up now due to this VERY issue. At slow speeds it is very difficult to correct the passenger's mistakes.

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if you don't own the bike, you probably don't know what you're doing. and you shoouldn't have a passenger until you do. he should have stopped you.
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po-po - I appreciate your advice..... and I think i know what you mean... I will try this out the next time we are out....

Sifu-tz - My mistake for not pointing out - I am not a pro - but I am not a noob either... i have about a year of riding under my belt... but that was all solo... Then i lost my bike - and got married... lol... so now i am trying to get back on one...

Oh and regarding friends letting friends ride... lol... He knows I am good for it... I actually taught him how to ride and he bought one cuz of that... (and yes he took the course) so we are okay. Thanks for the concerns though.
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Its dumb to trip about friends riding your . Like you said, if they are good for it its all good. I had a good friend total my 600. I let him run the Busa on nitrous. Its an insured toy. I treat it as such.
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Its dumb to trip about friends riding your . Like you said, if they are good for it its all good. I had a good friend total my 600. I let him run the Busa on nitrous. Its an insured toy. I treat it as such.

The bolded part is the key. There's a bunch of people on this board that are questionably good for their OWN , let alone someone else's.
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Another tip: if your passenger is prone to being fidgety, tell them they're only allowed to do it on a straight stretch of road and/or a stop. Once you tip the bike in, they need to be still.
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Another tip: if your passenger is prone to being fidgety, tell them they're only allowed to do it on a straight stretch of road and/or a stop. Once you tip the bike in, they need to be still.
The way I explained it to my wife was " go with the flow". I like to call it staying neutral.
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The way I explained it to my wife was " go with the flow". I like to call it staying neutral.
That just sounds like you want her to period all over your passenger seat.
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