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Riding with pillions

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IAM’s head of riding standards, Peter Rodger, is advising on riding with pillions.

• Before carrying a pillion, adjust your tyre pressure and suspension.
• Make sure that your passenger has a suitable helmet and clothing.
• Arrange a signal so that they can tell you if they’re uncomfortable.
• If they haven’t ridden on the back of a motorcycle before, it is a good idea to give them advice of what they could expect and what you expect from them.
• Carrying a pillion will affect your acceleration, balance and braking. Allow extra time in judging gaps and overtaking.
• The extra weight on the bike will affect the speed and way it manoeuvres.   Rodger said: “Riding with a passenger takes getting used to. Take precautions and remember your passenger is your responsibility.”

www.iam.org.uk

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