Riding with pillions
|Monday, 27 February 2012 14:57|
IAM’s head of riding standards, Peter Rodger, is advising on riding with pillions.
• Before carrying a pillion, adjust your tyre pressure and suspension.
• Make sure that your passenger has a suitable helmet and clothing.
• Arrange a signal so that they can tell you if they’re uncomfortable.
• If they haven’t ridden on the back of a motorcycle before, it is a good idea to give them advice of what they could expect and what you expect from them.
• Carrying a pillion will affect your acceleration, balance and braking. Allow extra time in judging gaps and overtaking.
• The extra weight on the bike will affect the speed and way it manoeuvres.
Rodger said: “Riding with a passenger takes getting used to. Take precautions and remember your passenger is your responsibility.”
Artiucle source: IAM Press Office