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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.”


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