Atlanta Motorcycle Schools—Riding Tips

Ride Smart!

I often hear riders say to one another, “Ride safe!” While safe riding should always be our goal—it may be pretty much impossible on a motorcycle! Webster defines “safe” as the absence of risk. I prefer to use the phrase “Ride smart!” To me, this is a reminder to be constantly thinking. To avoid a risk, we must first recognize it as such—which is not always as obvious as one may assume. Hopefully, these riding tips will help you to improve both your riding and thinking skills. Ride smart! JoAnna

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Two-up Riding Tips
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Important note: This information is designed as a guide and should be used as such. There are always circumstances that make “good” information “bad” in certain situations. As always think—ride smart!

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2-up Riding Tips

Riding with a passenger can be a very enjoyable experience—allowing you to share your passion with non-riding members of your family and circle of friends. Below are some suggestions to help make this experience more enjoyable and safer for both you (the “operator”) and your passenger:

Tips for the Motorcycle Operator

Ideally, you should have at least one (1) year of riding experience before adding a passenger. Your skill level should allow you to confidently handle your motorcycle in most riding conditions before introducing a passenger into the equation—and exposing them to the risk.
For your passenger to enjoy the ride, your operation of the motorcycle should be as smooth as possible—shifting, acceleration, and braking. “Turtle kissing” (or helmet clashing) is not considered romantic! Develop smooth riding habits prior to adding a passenger.
Keep in mind that the additional weight of a passenger will affect the handling. It will take a longer distance to stop, more effort to turn, etc. Keep your speed down until you are accustomed to these differences.
Carrying a passenger that weighs more than you do is not recommended.
Discuss all the “rules” with your passenger prior to them mounting the motorcycle. It is necessary to be completely “in synch” and this requires education through communication.
Your passenger should be dressed in the same manner as you. This includes the recommended gear: [full-face] helmet, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long [riding] pants, full-fingered gloves, and over-the-ankle boots.
Plan frequent stops to give your passenger a break. Any movement on their part will affect the motorcycle and therefore should be limited. Without frequent stops a passenger can quickly become uncomfortable.

Tips for the Motorcycle Passenger

The motorcycle operator should always mount first and dismount last.
Prior to the passenger mounting, the motorcycle should be in a level place with a straight path of travel. If you have a steep driveway and a non-busy street, you may need to ride out of the garage, down the driveway, and into the street.
Never mount or dismount the motorcycle until the agreed upon signal is given from the operator. This could be a nod of the head, a verbal command, etc. The motorcycle is most unstable when stopped, making it more susceptible to unexpected movement. Of course, if the motorcycle falls over—BAIL OFF!
Mount and dismount from the left side of the motorcycle—the same as the operator. When mounting, hold onto the operator’s waist or shoulder, put your left foot on the left passenger foot peg, and swing your right leg over the seat.
Keep your feet on the pegs at all times. This does include all stops. Your feet should only come off the pegs when dismounting. When your feet come off the pegs, the motorcycle moves requiring the operator to balance it. They may not be prepared for this additional movement.
Hold onto the operator’s waist. This allows the operator to evaluate your comfort level and allows you to anticipate the operators movements. Please don’t hold too tightly—the operator will need to breathe. In some cases, it is best to place your hands on the operator’s thighs.
When riding do not make any unnecessary movements. If you must move in the seat to gain a more comfortable seating position, alert the operator that you will be moving so that he/she will be prepared.
Do not be afraid of the lean—it is necessary for the motorcycle to turn. When turning look over the operator’s shoulder in the direction of the turn. For a left turn, look over the left shoulder.
Keep in mind that it is difficult to hear when wearing helmets and traveling at speed. Limit talking to times when you are stopped or traveling at very low speeds. If you enjoy talking more frequently, there are several operator-to-passenger communication devices. Never tug on a operator’s arm, cover their eyes, or attempt to feed them when riding.
Don’t fall asleep—unless the motorcycle is equipped with a back rest and arm rests.

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