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Being the passenger on a motorcycle can be exhilarating! Having the chance to be a motorcycle passenger can be intimidating, but having a sense of what the motorcycle driver needs the passenger to understand and follow in order to have a safe drive makes the ride that much more fun.

Legal Considerations

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation gives lots of great, educational information for motorcyclists and other motorists on the road. If you’ve recently been thinking about getting on the back of someone’s motorcycle, here are some facts to consider:

  1. All state laws and requirements for carrying a passenger must be followed.
  2. Some states have specific equipment requirements. For example, the motorcycle must have passenger footrests, passengers must be able to reach the footrests, and a motorcycle must have a separate seating area for a passenger.
  3. The decision to carry a child, assuming all safety and legal factors have been considered, is left to the parent or guardian. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed to ride as motorcycle passengers. Texas is one of only a handful of states that have imposed a minimum age on motorcycle riders. In the state, no child under the age of five is allowed to ride pillion – or directly behind the motorcycle driver.

Passenger Prep

  1. Passengers should be tall enough to reach the footrests and mature enough to handle the responsibilities.
  2. Passengers should wear proper protective gear.
  3. Passengers should consider themselves as the second operator, and share responsibility for safety.

Ensure passengers follow safety procedures by:

  1. Make sure personal protective gear is properly in use.
  2. Hold driver’s waist or hips, or motorcycle’s passenger hand-holds.
  3. Keep feet on footrests at all times, including while stopped.
  4. When in a corner, look over the operator’s shoulder in the direction of the corner.
  5. Avoid turning around or making sudden moves that may affect the driver.
  6. If crossing an obstacle, stand on the pegs with the knees slightly bent and allow the legs to absorb the shock upon impact.

General Safety Considerations

  1. You need to be experienced in the motorcycle’s operation and have a safety-oriented attitude before taking on the added responsibility of carrying a passenger.
  2. Practice low-speed clutch/throttle control as well as normal and emergency braking in a low-risk area, like an open parking lot, with a passenger.
  3. Use caution in cornering and develop cornering skills over time to ensure passenger comfort and safety.
  4. Use caution in corners as clearance may be affected.
  5. Allow time for a passenger to adjust to the sense of speed and the sensation of leaning; speeds should be conservatively safe and reasonable until a passenger acclimates to the proper riding techniques.
  6. Allow more time for passing.
  7. Be ready to counter the effects of wind.
  8. Avoid extreme speeds and dramatic lean angles.
  9. Be ready for a passenger “bump” with their helmet or with their whole body sliding forward during hard braking.
  10. Have the passenger mount after the motorcycle’s stand is raised and the motorcycle is securely braced. Hold the front brake lever if the surface isn’t level.
  11. Have the passenger dismount first.

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