Tips for Riding on the Back
A friend of mine posted this a long time ago on another board, but since the subject came up here recently, I figured I'd share it:
Ok, so obviously you are curious what to expect behind your significant other on their beloved work of art. Well here are a few tips that could ultimately make that scary thing the BOMB and make you guys closer in the process! Here is a big tip....When you are on your ride no matter how freaked out you get please don't cry. Suck it up and move on. Usually what scares you isn't the ride but more the speed and closeness to the pavement. Ask your S/O to start small, ride you around town for a while then move up to bigger things.
1. Start small, ride around town first, then work your way up to Sunday morning rides together.
2. Talk to your S/O, tell them your fears and concerns. Communication is essential. They won't know till you tell them. Tell him/her how fast you'd like to go and where to draw the line so they don't scare you to death in the first 5 minutes.
3. Expect hard or quick acceleration, these bikes pack a punch and you need to hang on!
4. Wear proper riding attire- Jeans, Jacket of a sturdy material, and definitely a shoe that covers the ankle, preferably boots and gotta have the gloves.
5. Learn what side to enter and exit the bike from- A hot exhaust can burn you if you get too close to it. Then, Sit on the back of the bike with them off of it to observe how you sit, let them give you a leaning test. Have him/her say "Ok let me see you lean right or left". Too much or too little could be very bad.
6. Prop yourself up on the gas tank- With your hands when you are under speed and hang on to him/her when they accelerate out of stop light or to pass a vehicle.
7. Know when to tuck in behind-If you allow them to go fast in places, be prepared to dodge the wind blast and tuck in behind him/her and hold on tightly to their waist.
8. Finally have a communication system- When to get off the bike in a parking lot, or If they're going too fast, you tap him/her hard on the thigh. If it's an emergency also have a slap or a punch so they know what's wrong and can pull over for you.
9. Best of all, have fun! I hope you enjoy it so you share something you both like and will not feel threatened by in the future.
10. Consider taking an entry level rider's class and learn to handle your own bike giving you both freedom and love for the same things. If you hate it, don't feel bad. At least you tried and you gave it your best shot!