Originally Posted by ShagNasty1001
Alright, got a question for you bike riders (hopefully someone with a sportbike can help). I was going to dinner tonight with a friend and she asked if we could take my FZ6r. I ended up saying no because I wasn't quite comfortable taking someone yet since I never have before. What advice do you have with riding with a passenger? I'm looking around to see if there are any classes but haven't found any yet. Here's my bike if it helps to see (and I like showing it off)
I recommend you both take the basic riders course. She should because its good for a passenger to know exactly what you, as the operator, have to do.
Otherwise, she needs to hug you close (never a bad thing, right?) and lean as you lean and don't move around too much. Dismounting is crucial. Make sure she knows to not get off the bike until you are 100% ready for her to do so.
I've only ridden with my wife on the back one time. I didn't enjoy it. We were on a sport bike-esque monstrosity (the Yamaha in my earlier post in this thread). Because the seat sits at a slight forward angle, her body weight was involuntarily pushing me too far forward and it was terribly uncomfortable. I would do it on a cruiser in a heartbeat. Prolly never again on a sport bike.
The big thing is that she understands that small movements on her part can feel like big movements to you.