Undoubtedly riding bikes is cool, fun & fuel-efficient. However, you can’t deny the fact that there are more safety risks than a car drive. You might be aware of the general safety tips for riding a bike. Do you know that you have to be more cautious and careful while riding with pillion riders?
Pillion riders do only sit behind you but they play a role in your ride’s safety. Here are safety tips that you should follow while riding with a pillion rider.
Get the Right Bike
Here are two factors regarding this matter. Number one is how efficient your two-wheeler is in managing the additional weight & dynamic challenge that comes with it. And the other one is itself the passenger. The primary thing is the assurance of having a bike that can handle the weight of two people along with a saddlebag and additional luggage that you are going to carry on your trip.
The most effective and authentic way of checking it is finding the gross axle weight of the bike you are going to ride with the addition of weight you are going to load upon it. By estimates, the loaded weight should not exceed 80 percent of your bike’s gross axle weight.
We would recommend you to go minimal when it comes to your bike’s luggage.
Do not make unnecessary body movement
Perfect balancing is the most important safety aspect for bike riders. As the motorcycle consists of two wheels, fair balance distribution plays a vital role in the safety of the ride. And in this matter, the pillion rider is an integral part by default.
Your passenger must avoid too many body movements, even if the rider is about to do a major move, it should be communicated with the passenger on the back seat. Keep in mind that you’re riding on a two-wheeler & you must follow aerodynamics rules for ensuring safety. A pillion rider should lean with a bike & rider. Do not make arbitrary movements on the motorbike.
Being a bike enthusiast you probably are aware of all the bike parts its nook & shooks. But there is a possibility that your passenger isn’t. Make sure you educate him on all the important matters. Warn the pillion about not putting the foot or his leg on the hot exhaust. A quick visit to an emergency ward for treating a burnt leg is something nobody would wish on the trip.
Seat and Backrest
Sitting in the passenger seat for a long time can induce cramps & discomfort in your pillion rider’s legs and back. They are highly prone to problems as they get less space for articulating their limbs. It’s where a quality backrest & comes to play the role seat.
They are not just important for the comfort of your passenger but also make sure they do nothing in jeopardizing the bike’s balance. An uncomfortable seat might cause the pillion rider to shuffle on his seat, making arbitrary movements that lead to the balance disturbance which poses serious safety threats. So invent is a quality seat & backrest.
Stay Focused on the road
Being a motorcyclist, stay focused on the road ahead of you. Don’t get lost in your thoughts, daydreaming, or side scenes. It is the same for pillion riders; they can be the side-eyes of riders. Be more vigilant when there are curves, jumps, or unstable road conditions ahead. Be extra careful while you are crossing the railroad tracks as the paint is slippery.
Smooth Acceleration & Deceleration
Jerky jumps and movements of the motorbike cause two discomforts. Primarily it induces unnecessary fatigue as your body experiences it constantly on long trips & secondarily
It can cause the passenger to slip off the saddle & fall on the back. Or lunge forward due to a hard jerk. Both of these situations can result in an injury. Drive smoothly and reduce your speed if there’s a jump ahead.
The additional weight of a pillion on the back of your motorcycle can reduce the braking efficiency. It takes a little longer for a bike to stop, but in an emergency or immediate situation, the pillion can be flung on the rider’s back. It leaves the rider in the condition of not only supporting all of his weight on the wrists but the additional weight of a pillion. It might cause riders to slip their grips off the handles leading to inevitable consequences. Make sure to check your bike’s brakes before you hit the road. Also, ask your passenger to be vigilant and do not doze off during the ride.