I am quite frequently a pillion passenger and I love it. It gives you the chance to sit back and enjoy the views without having to worry about the traffic. However, being a pillion is not without its responsibilities. When I’m riding on the back of a bike I always have to make sure I remain alert and in-tune with the road and the machine. Staying safe as a pillion passenger is not always as easy as it looks. However, with a bit of thought and awareness there is no reason why you won’t have an enjoyable, comfortable and exciting motorcycle ride. It is also a great way for those thinking about taking up motorcycling to get a taste of what it is like.
There are things which pillion passengers can do to keep themselves and the rider be both safe and comfortable. One of the most obvious things is getting on and off the bike. Let the rider get on first and get into position before getting on. When you get on, make sure the rider is aware so that he or she is not taken by surprise and the bike topples over because of the extra weight on one side!
Once you’re on the bike, make sure that you and the rider are both comfortable before setting off. You should also work out a simple signal system, such as a tap on the shoulder, if you need to stop or if you have a problem.
Once riding it is vital for the passenger to go with the lean of the bike and rider. Don’t be tempted to make a physical effort to lean over, just go with the flow and remain fluid and not stiff. Be aware when the rider is about to stop or accelerate so you are not taken by surprise and topple off the back of the bike!
Like anyone who goes on a bike, you should make sure that you have the proper gear before heading off. If something does go wrong, this gear could save your life.