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Old 10-17-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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I'm trying to get comfortable riding with a passenger on my bike, but to be honest, I don't like it much. I took my daughter around the neighborhood and she was all over the place. I took my son to school today and he was perfect, which is good, because he weighs as much as me. How long does it take to really get comfortable?
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that depends on the rider....w/your daughter you won't be comfy until she learns to sit still....w/your son a few more times and he'll be leaning just right and you'll be comfy
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Put them through MSF, too!!!
Riding on the back is NOT the same as being in control. They have dirt bikes and that's the first thing Jak told me today- it's not like driving.
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True, but it does help! They do teach what the passenger should be doing while on the back. And it'll help when your kiddos want to jump on street bikes in the future!
hmmm- I don't remember being taught how to be a passenger. What class were you in? The one for girls?
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yeah MSF would not be a bad idea if you can spare the $....otherwise be sure they are old enough to understand that if they are a bad passenger they can end up a dead passenger
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hmmm- I don't remember being taught how to be a passenger. What class were you in? The one for girls?
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yeah MSF would not be a bad idea if you can spare the $....otherwise be sure they are old enough to understand that if they are a bad passenger they can end up a dead passenger
They're 10 and 11. I think they're old enough for the neighborhood. My daughter's school is on the highway, though, and I'm really nervous about taking her - she keeps begging, and I'm considering getting her a new helmet for her B-day in Nov.
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Well, I've taken it twice now! Once when I was 15, and then again a year ago.

They didn't spend a LOT of time on the subject, but they did mention it! Guess my instructors were better than yours!!!
Either that or they were girls... Just kidding. Don't say that too loud, because I took it at Awesome and they are on here...
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At least YOU TOOK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had to. I was scared to death of the bike- I thought it wanted to kill me.
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Unfortunately they wont hold on if you want them to and will wiggle. It is a more uncomfortable position on the back BTW.


U have to ride for the passenger. Does it suk? Yes it does. Doesn't have to spoil your ride though. Take it for what it is... and if you can get them comfortable enough to move with you, you can scare alot of one-up riders.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:28 AM   #15
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Unfortunately they wont hold on if you want them to and will wiggle. It is a more uncomfortable position on the back BTW.


U have to ride for the passenger. Does it suk? Yes it does. Doesn't have to spoil your ride though. Take it for what it is... and if you can get them comfortable enough to move with you, you can scare alot of one-up riders.
Thanks for this advice. I was beginning to think I would never want to take them anywhere... I guess it's just a matter of changing my attitude!
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My exgf and Lilred has been on the busa and dragged a peg w me.

its a matter of comfort, yes...


a heavier bike also helps. unfortunately, w more power you have to reserve yourself because they wont hold on. Brandt and Amanda can occur I was furious one day as we rode around the lake and I couldnt accelerate faster then a car cuz someone just wouldnt hold on.

As you stop, their hands go to the gas tank(yes, the rings scratch up the tank...

tap on the left knee means hold the f on and tuck... I use it anytime I feel a car is going to do something stupid or whatever. Then I tap again to get them off my back(or you wheelie and act like you never had a passenger.

Im about 8k miles w passengers; they will all be different; YOU need to adapt to them.
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Seriously, would it be a good idea to recommend the MSF a ridding course?
I think it is way different ridding solo than ridding with someone in the back.
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just practice tandem leans around the house....strap em to your back and lean on the sofa or a bench BUT DO NOT keep the straps on when you go riding
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Hey B... have you been for a ride on the back of a bike?


Amanda rode w me to a southside meet one time; it was so COLD! She rode back in a car... we both wore full gear; her hands were behind me and her knees were against my booty trying to draft; but she was the best passenger I have had to date cuz she knew how to relax and trust me.
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I used to lean my head in the direction of the turn....didn't like that so now I'm testing a L or R knee tap to indicate a turn accordingly....don't reall do full tucks on the Ninjette so I guess there's no danger of my taps having a double meaning
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