Those who ride motorcycles may eventually want to bring a partner along for a joy ride. Most riders understand just how serious safety is when it comes to getting on a motorcycle. Once you feel confident about your skills and control of the bike, you may want to bring others with you from time to time. But, when you invite someone to join, you may wonder what you can do to help keep your loved one safe. Here in this article, we have answered a few questions a rider may have about keeping their passenger happy and injury-free.
What if the person I want to be my passenger has never ridden before?
If your passenger has never ridden a motorcycle or been a passenger on one, you should communicate with this person about what he or she should expect. You may even want to go on a short ride together to give your passenger a chance to get familiar with the way the bike moves, before committing to a long journey. Take the time to inform him or her about the following considerations:
- Confirm that your passenger is not too short to where they cannot reach the footrests.
- Warn your passenger about how hot the mufflers can be, and to always keep their legs out of the way to prevent burns.
- Inform the passenger to maintain holding onto your waist at all times, even at stops.
- Emphasize the importance of not leaning too far either to the left or right suddenly, as that could throw off balance.
What can I do to help my passenger feel more comfortable?
When talking with your passenger, be honest about potential risks and how to keep you both safe, but not in such a way that he or she will be too afraid to get on the bike. Unless your passenger has some real concerns in their ability to follow your rules, it can be a really fun activity you both can enjoy.
Are there any laws I have to consider?
Depending on your state, you may have to obtain a full motorcycle license (not just a permit) in order to carry a passenger legally. There may also be limitations in what ages are permitted to go on a ride with you. Look further into these laws so you can avoid making any costly mistakes.
What should I do if my passenger and me get hit by a car?
If you and your passenger are involved in an accident due to a car driver, always put your health first. Call 9-1-1 immediately and request an ambulance so you both can be evaluated for injuries. If you sustained financial distress due to medical bills, you may want to meet with a motorcycle accident lawyer about your legal options. You may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the driver who hit you in order to seek financial compensation. An attorney can perform an evaluation of your situation to help you decide if this is the right choice of action for you.