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Old 03-14-2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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Riding w/ Passenger

http://www.sportrider.com/riding_tip...ger/index.html

I read this article because my biggest fear of riding is not hurting myself but hurting someone else. Especially someone who willingly (perhaps stupidly) puts her life in my hands. I want all the knowledge I can get about riding 2-up.

The only girl that ever went on a real ride with me is abt 5'2, 90 lbs and shes been riding all her life. Everybody I know who's rode with her says its like shes not even there, but i feel every ounce and every little shift of her weight, and I feel more bogged down than I think I should- I'm only about 150lbs myself so the bike should have more than enuff power for the both of us.

I'm the only one with these issues so I know it's my inexperience not hers. Any additional tips and advice would be appreciated.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:10 AM   #2
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At 90 pounds i would say dont worry too much about it lol i have seen a 280 lb rider with a 240 lb passenger go through twisties pretty fast without any problems at all!
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:30 AM   #3
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Trust yourself and know your bike. I find that my countersteering feels like it has to be more deliberate when I'm riding with a passenger. Btw I'm 250 and passenger about 130. Bike suspension set to stiffest setting
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:56 AM   #4
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at first its really really nerve racking but after a few rides you start getting used to it.

for me, i'm not sure if this is all the best advice but personally i find that trying to just forget that they are there is the biggest help. you're always going to feel the weight resistance if they arent leaning right but a big thing is if they're consistent - then you can always use the same basis for how much you have to compensate.. which, generally isnt much especially @ 90lbs and being a rider herself..

I just forget they're there, dig in however much i want, drill the turn and compensate as needed on the fly, the passenger will usually catch on and if they dont then just deal with it til you stop for a break and discuss the problems you may be having.. All the moving around she does is simply something you're going to feel, its more than likely not going to make you guys wreck unless shes shifting around heavily in the wrong way during a turn and any decent rider is going to avoid doing that.

then again your own stability and smoothness affects their comfort zone for sure, make sure you're consistent yourself and it will help her stay smooth. start slow and progress from there.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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I used to hate riding with a passenger because they put all their weight on my back while putting their arms around me to hold on. It cramped my ability to adjust my weight in the saddle for sharp curves etc. But, I found a device that helped a lot. It is called a rider hold tight. Essentially it is a belt with four handles on it. If we are leaned over and pushing it she holds onto the front two handles, but if we are at a slower pace she can sit up and hold onto the side handles. I works great for my kids too when I take them through the neighborhood. I like it because it allows the rider to feel secure without a death grip on my waist. Here is the link: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...chAutoComplete
If one of the motohouston sponsors carry this...then buy from them. It is usually around $30.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:24 AM   #6
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Learning how to keep acceleration and braking smooth as possible makes things alot more comfortable
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:32 AM   #7
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I have more confidence when I ride 2up the added weight helps me keep the rubber side down!!!
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You might want to practice on small roads/parking lot first to understand each other's style of riding

Come to an agreement before getting on the bike(just like group riding)

Be considerate of the passenger's riding experience too

Don't show off

If they have the death squeeze on you..
SLOW DOWN!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:22 PM   #9
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The trick to riding with a passenger is ditch the sport bike. It's not comfortable or easy for either of you. Much easier on a cruiser or even a sport touring bike. I know it may be your only bike but it really is hard to do and in my opinion it can be dangerous. Braking and accelerating is a real chore. I'm not trying to be a but asking how to ride with a passenger on a sportbike is like asking how to ride with 4 passengers in a corvette. You don't.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:11 PM   #10
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Every bike offers a different style of riding

Sport bikes aren't made to be comfortable.
They belong on the open road with twisties.
If you can deal with the discomfort the passenger can feel and enjoy the same experience as the driver

I would only trust a rider that has a many years of experience to take me on the back of a sport bike.It is a huge responsibility and more complex than a cruiser/standard.

In the end it's a matter of preference
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