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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-17-2015, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with passenger

I've been riding off and on for a number of years but can't say I have a "lot" of experience. I just got a new 2013 Voyager, the largest bike I've ever owned. I do OK riding by myself but when mama is on the back, I feel like I'm getting close to dropping it. I'd hate to do that. Any tips or advice is really welcomed.
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I'm guessing you mean as you come to a stop? Is she moving around any while you are moving? Are you able to flatfoot when you come to a stop? If she needs to adjust her position, its best to do this while you have solid footing while stopped or while you are at speed, her moving at low speeds, under 10-15 mph can shift the bike very easily, throwing you off balance.

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Thanks Rick. Yes, I mean when coming to a stop. I am able to flatfoot but barely. I don't have a problem when under way.
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Rick is spot on.

I tell my wife that she can dance a jig on the back seat if I'm going more than 30mph; but she needs to keep her weight centered when were below 20.

Take your time at stops and in parking lots so that you can really pay attention to road surfaces and people around you.

I can NOT flat foot the bike. If I need to make a split decision quick stop I better know if my foot is going to land on gravel.

It takes a little time to adjust but it will become second nature.

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I am going to have a passenger this year for the first time in my 8 years of riding. Any tips would also be appreciated by me. Thank you

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I am going to have a passenger this year for the first time in my 8 years of riding. Any tips would also be appreciated by me. Thank you
Besides what was mentioned above, allow more time to get up to speed and more distance for braking. Going into curves easier if your are an aggressive rider, the bike will set lower and drag sooner, mufflers may even drag. Set your preload up a notch air 2, or add 5lbs or so of air to the shocks to compensate for the extra weight helps prevent early scraping. Scraping may not be a big deal to you, but if passenger is startled by it, they may jurk their weight throwing you off your course and may never ride agian. If they have never rode before plan a couple short rides at lower speeds to see how they react. A sissy bar or trunk with pad is almost a must as well as a good seat for them. You see all this talk of replacement seats for the driver, but the passenger seat is even worse in most cases.

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^That's gospel! If you want the lady to be happy and enjoy the ride, spend every penny you can to insure her butt comfortable.
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^That's gospel! If you want the lady to be happy and enjoy the ride, spend every penny you can to insure her butt comfortable.
I have my eye on a Mustang seat, but they are pricey for a new one and have been unable to find a used one. I do already have the sissy bar. I am not one to scrape pegs so that should not be a problem there. I have been thinking about taking a MSF course to learn how to ride with a passenger, but the closest class to me is not till August.

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I have my eye on a Mustang seat, but they are pricey for a new one and have been unable to find a used one.
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Should I get a Mustang seat with or without a backrest? I have lower back problems in the L4-L5/S1 region and would like some support there. My previous bike was a standard so I leaned forward a bit to take pressure off my spine, but it still hurt. The 900 is my first cruiser so trying to figure out what to do for comfort.

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