As the weather heats up, motorcycle enthusiasts across the U.S. prepare their bikes for the first ride of spring. Whether you're the operator dusting off your favorite ride, or you need tips for riding on the back of a motorcycle, we've got you covered. Make sure your bike and your riding partner are ready to get back on the road again with the following motorcycle passenger tips and checklists.
According to DMV.org, most states require that you have a full-fledged motorcycle license before carrying passengers on the back of a motorcycle, not an instructional permit. Also, check your state’s equipment requirements for riding on the back of a motorcycle, which usually include passenger footrests and separate seating. If your license and passenger equipment are in order, refer to your owner's manual to check weight limits and make any necessary adjustments to the suspension.
Motorcycling expert and author Basem Wasef advises that an empty parking lot or a back road can be a good place to get used to turns and stops together, and review tips for riding on the back, before you hit the highways.
The Fort Campbell Courier notes that state laws may change without much notice, especially after the start of the new year. Make sure you are caught up on any safety classes and certifications required by your state, and that your registration, motorcycle insurance, and operator license are up to date.
Any passengers you bring along must meet the age requirements and other restrictions imposed by your state. Check requirements in your area before you hit the road.
It’s a good idea to thoroughly clean the bike after unveiling it, to better see any new damage or dents that may have occurred in storage. Small animals or insects may have taken up residence in nooks and crannies, so inspect it carefully, and make sure all openings are clear.
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Wasef advises, “Don't just take off after a thorough inspection; let the bike idle for a few minutes to get its fluids circulating. Take those moments to get reacquainted with the bike's ergonomics.” You may be rustier than the bike after three or four long months without a ride. A few minutes of review time while your bike warms up can make a big difference in your response times, your safety, and the safety of anyone riding on the back of your motorcycle.
Once your springtime prep rituals are finished, and you've reviewed your motorcycle passenger tips, and everything is warm and in order, you’re ready to go. Enjoy the first ride of the new year!