by Dave Hansen, Safety Officer
This monthís subject addresses passenger skills, so if you ride on the back, this oneís for you.
Some specific points regarding what makes a good passenger:
u Communications is the most important dynamic to being a good passenger.
* Listen to and follow the rider's requests.
* Donít do anything without asking for & getting the riderís OK first.
* Please don't assume the rider knows what you intentions are, or knows what youíre about to do.
u Riding a motorcycle is not a democracy.
* The rider is in charge.
* Listen and follow to the riderís requests.
u Trust in the rider is critical.
* The passenger becomes a dynamic part of the motorcycle as soon as contact is made with the motorcycle, even before getting seated in the passenger seat.
* If you have trouble following the riderís requests, you probably should not be a passenger.
Some specific points regarding what makes a good rider for the passenger:
u Communications is an important dynamic to being a good rider for the passenger.
* Listen to the passengerís concerns.
* Change your riding style if required in order to make the passenger comfortable.
* Provide the passenger consistent guidance that demonstrates control and inspires confidence.
The Dynamics of riding a motorcycle with a passenger:
* The rider informs the passenger when itís OK to get on the bike.
* The rider informs the passenger when itís OK to get off the bike.
* The passenger informs the rider when itís OK to start the ride after getting on the bike.
* The rider should get on the bike first & make sure he/she has control & balance of the bike.
* The passenger should wait for the rider to have control & balance of the bike, and his or her OK to mount or dismount.
* Upon starting to mount, place the left hand on the riderís left shoulder, left foot on the left passenger footrest, then step up & swing the right leg across while centering your body weight over the center of the motorcycle as much as possible.
* For dismounting follow the first 2 points & then stand up on the passenger foot rests, place the left hand on the riderís left shoulder, then swing right leg off to the left side and step down while centering your body weight over the center of the motorcycle as much as possible.
* When starting tense up your body only enough to maintain position on the motorcycle to counteract the effects of accelerating.
* When stopping tense up your body only enough to maintain position on the motorcycle to counteract the effects of decelerating, pressing against the passenger foot rests to prevent moving forward into the rider.
* Please do not make sudden movements.
* Set up before entering a turn by looking over the riderís inside shoulder. Left turn, the inside shoulder is the left shoulder; right turn, the inside shoulder is the right shoulder.
* Stay with the rider. If he or she leans off the bike a bit to the inside on the turn, lean with him. If he stays straight with the bike, stay straight with him.
u General riding.
* Do not make sudden movements.
* Do not try to get off.
* Do not try to control the motorcycle.