Without a doubt when you double ride the entire dynamic of your motorcycle changes. Following these tips will help you to keep yourself, your motorcycle, and your passenger safe while driving.
Did you know that riding with a passenger can increase the weight of your motorcycle up to 30%? It's important you adjust your driving habits accordingly.
Before Doubling Up
In Ontario, you are required to have a Level Two (M2) license before riding with a passenger. If you are planning on driving on the highway, your passenger must be 14 years or older. You should also be an experienced driver with proper insurance protection.
Check your owner’s manual for weight restrictions and make sure that your motorcycle is equipped to carry a passenger. By law, you are required to have a seat that is large enough to carry you and your passenger comfortably. In addition, you must have a set of footrests for your passenger. Have your passenger sit on the seat so that you can properly adjust your mirrors and headlight. You should follow the owner’s manual to add more air pressure to the tires and, if possible, adjust suspension units.
Even if your passenger has driven a motorcycle, do not assume that they know what to do. Instruct them to get on the motorcycle after the engine has started and to sit forward while holding tightly onto your waist or hips. Remind them to keep their feet on the footrests at all times, even if the bike has stopped.
While Riding Double
Both you and your passenger must wear an approved helmet and protective clothing. Since your motorcycle is heavier with a passenger, it will take longer to speed up, slow down, and to turn. You should drive at a slower speed and keep more distance between you and the vehicles in front of you and on the sides of you.
Your passenger should lean with the motorcycle and avoid unnecessary motions or talk. Make sure to warn them before you start moving, stop quickly, or take a sharp turn.