What do I need to know If I want to ride with a passenger on my bike?

Shari Ives Instruction


Learning to control your motorcycle with you alone has its own degree of challenges. When you place a second rider on the bike, a lot of things change dramatically:

  • The weight and balance of the motorcycle will be different
  • Starting, stopping, turning, and leaning require additional effort, time and coordination
  • Your passenger must know to coordinate these maneuvers in unison with you Passengers should obey the following guidelines when riding a motorcycle:
  • Ensure you have proper gear on before starting your
  • Mount and dismount the motorcycle only when directed by the
  • Feet must always remain on the foot pegs after mounting.
  • Use the bike handholds, seat straps (if so equipped) or hold on to the driver’s waist during the

At no time should hands not be holding on while the bike is in motion. (If the driver must apply throttle or brakes quickly; you want to be secure when those operations take place).

  • Do not make any sudden moves or jolts that would throw the driver off balance while the motorcycle is in motion.
  • Learn to “go with” the driver in turns and This does not mean adding additional lean or pushing / pulling the driver, rather, you should lean and position your body with the drivers; to aid in smooth execution of operations.
  • Never distract the driver from the job of operating the motorcycle safely.

Remember that braking will take longer for all stopping operations with two people riding. Turning and cornering coordination will also be different as well when a second rider is on the bike.

For these reasons, until you have mastered all the core skills of riding and handling your motorcycle proficiently, we recommend that riding with a second rider is something you defer for a while.