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
• 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.
• 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
Operator and passenger –
working together when riding
Clear communication and cooperation
between you and your passenger are
extremely important to reduce the risk
• 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
• 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
• 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.