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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with a passenger.

Hello everyone! It's Maurice from Miami Florida . I am 1 year new to the motorcycles experience , I ride a 06 heritage softail. Next. Weekend I will ride a female passenger. On my bike for the first time. I'm a little nervous about this ,I've never had a passenger before. Help please!!

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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If you want, we can put her on the back of my bike.
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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 03:38 AM
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Maurice, your bike will handle differently with the added weight. Take your time and get the feel of it. Tell her not to try to help you lean, try to sit straight and let you do it. If she wants to help and be an active passenger look over your inside shoulder on the curve. No more than that.

It will take you time to figure out where you want her to sit, whether it's to sit back a bit and give you some room or to sit tight against you. I prefer my passenger to sit tight so I know where the weight will be. Then againn she's good looking, lol. Enjoy!
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Have your passenger practice getting on and off a couple 3 times while you are on good dry level ground.

To add on to what has been said what ever she does she has to remember to never take her feet off the foot rests. Also tell her it's ok to move around and readjust her butt just let you know first.

Personally I rather have my passenger adjust her butt while we are moving rather than stopped.


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Also make sure to tell her to sit still while stopped. The complicated one has this problem. I don't mind too much if she leans forward or back but, when its side to side and I'm not ready for it.......

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Agree on all the comments above, especially the passenger sitting still while stopped. I would add that you make sure you are ready when she climbs on or off the bike, slightly wider stance of your feet, front brake engaged, front wheel positioned straight ahead, footpegs down, you tell her when to get on or off. If you add up your weight, the bike weight and passenger weight, you could be balancing up to half a ton.
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Agree with the above, just adding.. your tire air pressure should be a little higher on the rear tire, I run 4 pounds higher, and your shocks should be set for 2 up riding as well. When I ride 2up, I like her to be last on, first off with the jiffy stand down, this way I don't have to compensate for her and the bike.

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post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 09:29 AM
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I agree with all of the suggestions above. But just wanted to say that I was nervous the first time as well and was really surprised as to what little difference I felt. The biggest things I've found that I really have to pay attention to is the getting on and off and either sitting still or slow moving maneuvers. I really like her to ask me if i'm ready before she gets on as well.


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