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Riding with
a passenger

Riding with a passenger is not recommended
until you are an experienced rider. A
passenger is legally permitted on a motorcycle
only if it has a seat designed to carry an extra
person. The motorcycle must also have
passenger hand grips and foot rests.

Preparing your motorcycle

Your motorcycle may need adjusting to
allow for the extra weight of the passenger.
Read your owner’s manual for information.

You may need to:
• Adjust the suspension/shock absorbers.
• Check the slack in the drive chain.
• Adjust the air pressure in the tires.
   Check that the pressure is correct for
   riding with a passenger. There may
   also be tire inflation information on the
   motorcycle or tire.

Preparing your passenger
before riding

EQUIPMENT
• Ensure that your passenger is wearing an
   approved helmet. This is required by law.
• Ensure that your passenger has
   adequate protective clothing, footwear
   and eye protection.

INSTRUCTION
• Instruct your passenger to sit only on
   the seat designed for the passenger.
• Ensure that your passenger’s feet
   can reach and remain on the foot
   pegs. Both of your passenger’s feet
   should stay on the foot pegs, even 

   when stopped. Hot exhaust pipes and
   mufflers are a hazard for passengers.
• Instruct your passenger to check
   with you before getting on or off the
   motorcycle, so you are prepared for the
   weight transfer.

Operator and passenger –
working together when riding

Clear communication and cooperation
between you and your passenger are
extremely important to reduce the risk
of injuries.
• To carry a passenger, you will need to
   use more strength to hold your body
   position. This will help you withstand
   the pushing and pulling forces of the
   passenger’s weight.
• Have your passenger sit as far forward
   as possible without crowding you.
• It is recommended that your passenger
   holds on to your waist. This assists with
   non-verbal communication between you
   and your passenger. The passenger may
   also hold the passenger hand grips.
• Be sure your passenger understands
   the need to sit still, especially when
   you are maneuvering the motorcycle.
   Unexpected or sudden movements by
   the passenger will make the motorcycle
   difficult to control.
• Instruct your passenger to move
   as you do when increasing and
   decreasing speed.
• Instruct your passenger to look over
   your shoulder in the direction of an
   approaching turn or curve. This way
   the passenger will be ready to lean with
   you when you and the motorcycle lean
   during a turn or curve. 

   
 52 A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing 
 

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