The MSF Instructor told me six months, but I'd personally venture a year. Been riding for ten years and I'm just getting used to taking a passenger. Depends on your experience level, i.e., how comfortable you are with you bike, how much weight it can effectively handle suspension-wise, and your ability to control the bike with significant added weight.Redlinger said:I know there is already a thread on riding two up, but I'm wondering what you guys think is the proper exp./skill level required for safe riding with a passenger. Additionally if you have any tips or techniques I'd love to hear them.
you have raised some great points and tips here. thank you. I have recently added a passenger to my bike (this is then end of my second season) and basically from being a passenger before, I knew the things to tell my passenger. For the most part, mine has done exceptionally well, but your tips have given me a couple of things I need to discuss with her before the next time. I think I hit the rest of your tips already, thanks for the others I had forgotten or hadn't thought about yet.Scotteq said:Mostly you just need to be extra smooth, a little more careful at low speeds because the bike's more top heavy, and you have to allow some more distance for braking.
A tip for smoother shifting: Use just a dab of clutch at or just over the bike's torque peak. Pre-weight the shifter, and it should pop right into the next gear will very little drama. Klunking helmets suck....
General Tips -
- Have your passenger get on/off ONLY at your command.
- Have your passenger keep their weight OFF of your torso. Either by hanging onto your belt/waist or propping themselves against the tank. Doing weighted push ups all day SUCKS, and makes it difficult to be precice with the controls... If you do 2 up a lot, buying a "Buddy Belt" helps. Basically, it's a padded belt with handles.
- Your passenger should know to not move around on the seat while the bike is moving, and to keep a little weight on the pegs instead of merely sitting there.
- Teach your passenger what an apex is, and that (s)he should look over your inside shoulder at/past it while turning.
- If they need to stretch, ask that they do it at a light.
IN RETURN FOR YOUR PASSENGER'S COOPERATION
- Promise that you will NOT ride like an idiot. It's difficult to enjoy a ride when you're scared to death. Pull a wheelie 2 up and your passenger WILL fall off if (s)he's not prepared. Same with hard acceleration.
- Allow your passenger to have input as to the pace you're running. A tap on the leg and a palm up (faster is OK) or palm down (slow down, please) works, and your pillion partner will be MUCH happier if (s)he knows that their opinion counts.
- Check that (s)he's OK every now and again, and take a break when (s)he wants.
Before hooking up with your regular riding buddies, practice riding around just the two of you until you are used to it, and *know* that you will not keep up with the hooligans.