As we have a saying in India that 2 people are better than 1 because you never know what kind of situation you might get stuck into then 1 plus 1 is better than just 1 person. Since there would be a pillion rider, you will have to take care of some important things to keep the pillion rider safe during long-distance bike journey. So let us begin with it.
Put on Helmet
This is the basic and most important thing that you need to keep in mind while going on a long trip with a pillion rider. Also, it is illegal to ride a bike without wearing a helmet for both riders. Traffic police can charge you with a hefty fine for not wearing a helmet. Also, the helmet should be BIS certified and of good quality, as it saves the most important part of your body, your head.
There are bike riders who do not wear helmets just to look cool while riding the bike but you never know what might happen a kilometer ahead and you meet an accident. Also, if you have a two-wheeler insurance policy then it can provide you financial aid in case you meet an accident.
Make Sure Feet of Pillion Rider Reaches the Footpegs
Footpegs provide support to the pillion rider while sitting behind the rider and that is why it is important to make sure that the pillion rider’s foot reaches the footpegs. It depends on the height of the pillion rider if their feet are reaching the footpegs or not because it plays a huge role in balancing the bike otherwise balancing the bike as well as balancing the pillion rider together can make it hard for the person riding the bike.
You have an option to make some modifications to your bike so that the co-rider can set their feet by bringing them up. So make sure of it before starting your journey otherwise it would become very difficult during the journey.
Make Sure Pillion Rider Holds You Properly & Does Not Move Much
When you are riding a bike, the air plays a big role in balancing the bike. It is very important for the co-rider of the bike to hold you from behind and does not move much. When the bike is moving at a certain speed and the pillion rider moves left or right, the heavy air would push the pillion rider randomly that can imbalance the bike.
Make Sure the Bike Can Handle the Weight
Since you will be going on a road trip, you would have to carry many things with you to survive the journey. If you are going on a bike road trip with a pillion rider then you need to make sure that your bike can handle the yourweight, pillion rider’s weight as well as all the things it would carry.
Make sure that the engine is powerful enough because you might have to ride in a hilly area and the road would be tilted. In order to ride the bike up, your bike’s engine should be powerful enough to drag take the bike uphill easily.
Seat and Backrest
When you plan to go on a long bike road trip then having a broad comfortable seat as well as the backrest becomes necessary. Although you have an option of taking breaks from time to time whenever you feel tired but to reach your destination at desired time, you cannot take constant breaks. That is why having a backrest and comfortable seats are important so that you can keep a constant speed.
Cornering & Braking
Brakes are life and the stability of the bike depends on it as well as the cornering. Ride gently on the curves and keep the speed that you can manage and stops easily when you pull the brakes. When you ride a bike alone the braking system works differently and when you are riding with a pillion rider, the braking system works differently as the weight and pressure increase.
Communication with Pillion Rider
Communication is the solution for everything and when it comes to going on a long road trip with a pillion rider then communicating with them while riding on the road is necessary. If the pillion rider is not comfortable then he or she should be able to communicate with you. Although the helmet can decrease and the heavy air can decrease the sound of the voice but you can use hand signs and gestures as a way of communication. You can decide on those hand signs and gestures before starting the trip.
The comfortability of both rider and pillion rider is important because you are on your way to make memories that you would remember for the rest of your life and if your journey turns out to be uncomfortable then it will destroy your dream of going on a subtle, memorable bike road trip. Also, you can purchase a comprehensive two-wheeler insurance policy that can provide you financial aid and keep you prepared for the worst of a situation like accidents or medical emergencies.
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