As seasoned motorcyclists know, there is much to love about motorcycling; however, you do take on extra risks when you get on two wheels. If you would like to enjoy your ride with a passenger, you must take responsibility for his or her safety while on your bike. As such, there are important precautions for you and your passenger to take. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, it is important to practice handling your motorcycle with a passenger on the back before you ride in high traffic areas.
Having weight on the back of your motorcycle will make it handle differently. If you have only ever ridden alone before, you may want to start by practicing with cargo on the back of your bike. Obviously, having sedentary cargo is different than having a living, breathing person sitting in the saddle with you, but learning how to account for the extra weight is paramount.
In terms of the passenger, they need to understand how to safely ride. For instance, it is best for passengers to keep their feet up on the foot pegs at all times, even when the bike is stopped. Passengers also need to be able to move their body weight and lean into turns along with you, otherwise, the bike may become unbalanced.
Passengers also need to follow the law where helmets are concerned. According to New York law, helmets are a requirement for all persons riding on a motorcycle, including the passenger. Passenger should also be wearing appropriate clothing to protect them in the event of a fall. Closed-toed shoes, long sleeves, and a jacket are recommended.