On a past motorcycle trip, one of the guy's noticed a slow leak in
his rear tire. Until he had an opportunity to repair it, he asked if his
wife could ride with me. I agreed that was a good idea. After our ride
that afternoon, his wife asked if she could continue riding with me because
her husband’s riding scared her.
I understood where she was coming from because I had observed her husband’s
riding habits with and without her on the back of the bike. His riding
was fairly reckless and he rode way too fast. One of his common habits
was to accelerate up to the front and then ride faster than necessary.
The rest of us would let him go at his own pace and then catch up. After
that trip, I never saw his wife on his motorcycle again.
Anyone who chooses to be a passenger on a motorcycle is at the mercy of
the rider. Some of the risk factors to look out for before getting on
the back of a motorcycle are if the driver:
- Has been drinking
- Does not have sufficient training
- Has never ridden with a passenger
If any of the above is true, you may be putting your life in danger at
the hands of that rider. If you do not have complete trust in the person
in control of the motorcycle, do not get on the bike.