Never taken a pillion? Read this before taking the plunge
SO YOU'VE recently passed your test, you've become familiar with your machine and now you want to take a pillion aboard but not sure of the pitfalls. What next?Taking a passenger on the back of a motorcycle is a massive responsibility. As the rider, you're expected to look after your passenger's safety and well-being. Many potential pillions may have never sat astride a motorcycle before in their life, so be prepared to explain what they should expect while onboard your machine. A few minutes spent explaining the 'Dos and Don'ts' can save a lot of hassle in the long run.WHAT TO EXPECT:Explain to your passenger about what to expect on their first ride: Brisk acceleration and braking; leaning when going around corners; expect some wind noise and changeable weather conditions. Some will think you are able to talk while on the move, so ask them to save the chit-chat for when you've reached your destination.
Reassure them. Tell them they're in good hands and that you're going to take in steady - which of course you are!
Ask them to tap on your shoulder if they want you to pull over for any reason.
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