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Passenger Help - April 27, 2009, 08:49 PM

Looking for some tips on riding with a passenger. I've been riding since last summer and have had my girl with my 4 or 5 times, mostly just around town on short trips. She's really having trouble enjoying herself because she constantly slides forward into me when coming to a stop, shifting and down shifting. I've explained to her about using the tank to keep her position, and I try and scoot myself back as we are slowing, but it still seems to be an issue. Anyone have anything else they can suggest? By suggest I mean add something helpful, not ignorant, vulgar, or pointless. I want her to enjoy the experience as much as I do, so your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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April 27, 2009, 09:07 PM

They make a product called a buddy belt. It's kinda silly looking but is pretty much invisible when you are both on the bike. SHe can support herself without having to reach all the way to the tank.


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also, you could try some sort of leather riding pants for her as they tend to grip seats a little better.


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also, you could try some sort of leather riding pants for her as they tend to grip seats a little better.
My girl's got a booty on her. Not sure leather pants are ever gonna be part of the equation!!!
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April 27, 2009, 09:12 PM

You need to SLOW it down, SMOOTH everything out. Anticipate everything much earlier - stops, shifts, acceleration, lane changes. You don't ride the same way you would solo. Take it easy, you've precious cargo. Try to make it a pleasant experience rather than a bad carny ride. Ride like you're trying not to spill a bucket of water on the back.


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April 27, 2009, 09:14 PM

Not sure if it was imagination, but back when Sara use to ride on the back of the Fazer prior to getting one of her own, she didn't seem to slide as much when I used a bit more rear brake than front brake. And yes, I know, even though when rear brake is applied, all weight shifts forward...it just didn't seem as bad when I tried to use more rear brake and less front. Give it a try. With stock seats these days, it could be a lost cause.

If you two are planning on doing alot of 2 up riding/touring, you may want to consider an aftermarket seat by Corbin or Sargent.


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April 27, 2009, 09:15 PM

how are you slowing down? are you using rear or front brakes? My girl used to complain about the same so I adjusted my riding style for when she's on with me.. for the most part if I see a red light or know that theres a stop sign from a distance I'll just slow down and ease my way to the light far in advance. Just play with downshifting and using your rear brake. It might take some time but you'll get adjusted.

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April 27, 2009, 09:16 PM

There's always some weight shift when slowing down...just brace your back into her a little when stopping and ask her to try to avoid banging her helmet into yours. The bracing might be her cue to lean back a little. With practice, you'll find your own rhythm.


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You need to SLOW it down, SMOOTH everything out. Anticipate everything much earlier - stops, shifts, acceleration, lane changes. You don't ride the same way you would solo. Take it easy, you've precious cargo. Try to make it a pleasant experience rather than a bad carny ride. Ride like you're trying not to spill a bucket of water on the back.
+1 riding with a passenger on a sport bike is not going to be crazy comfortable no matter how you spin it. When I'm 2up I just have to be more tense on the tank during rapid decel so we don't slide forward and make sure to keep coaching her to hold her hands on the tank when she starts to slide.
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Not sure if it was imagination, but back when Sara use to ride on the back of the Fazer prior to getting one of her own, she didn't seem to slide as much when I used a bit more rear brake than front brake. And yes, I know, even though when rear brake is applied, all weight shifts forward...it just didn't seem as bad when I tried to use more rear brake and less front. Give it a try. With stock seats these days, it could be a lost cause.

If you two are planning on doing alot of 2 up riding/touring, you may want to consider an aftermarket seat by Corbin or Sargent.
Yeah.. if you apply rear brake prior to front brake..it will squat the back and a bit.. so when you then apply the front brake, the angle isn't as bad.. I think Nick Ienatsch's book says this....




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You need to SLOW it down, SMOOTH everything out. Anticipate everything much earlier - stops, shifts, acceleration, lane changes. You don't ride the same way you would solo. Take it easy, you've precious cargo. Try to make it a pleasant experience rather than a bad carny ride. Ride like you're trying not to spill a bucket of water on the back.
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April 27, 2009, 09:38 PM

Thanks everybody. We definitely aren't blazing the streets, so it's not really an issue of not taking my time to "break her in". HEHE. Like I've been telling her, it's only been a few times out, so we'll just have to work at it. Thanks again for the input and advice.
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