Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Mechanicsville, VA
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Voyager
Always good thoughts and prayers on the pregnancy! Wish you the best there! As for riding 2-Up...lean when bike leans is the one that always gets mentioned. But other things to consider are:
1. slow speed maneuvers - parking lots, stop-and-go traffic jams, etc, coming to a stop sign or stopping at traffic light - it's important that she doesn't move around and keeps centered over bike. She doesn't need to be tense-board-stiff passenger at these; A relaxed position is fine. But you will feel every move made by a passenger at these slow speeds. And it can be a surprise when you are not expecting it to feel the bike move from her movement.
2. faster speeds - this is where she can readjust her feet or readjust her butt position if needed. Just NOT in a curve! straight clear portions of road only
3. work out a hand signal routine. signals for things like she needs to stop for a break, she sees something that she thinks you should be aware of (car pulling out of driveway up ahead or she spots a deer for example), she needs you to slow down, and as mentioned above, to alert you when she is going to readjust her position. Same goes from you to her - like when you see a bumpy patch of road ahead, let her know. Takes the surprise element out of the equation when she may get a fraction of an inch of air between her and the seat
4. go over the different pieces of the bike - front/rear brake, clutch, instruments on dash (if you have one), etc. Let her know, for example, that when slowing down you may downshift, and why. anything that can help keep surprises at bay will go a long way in the enjoyment of her ride and yours
5. take some easy riding routes in the beginning. Scenery always helps. Stay out of heavy traffic routes until both of you feel comfortable
6. tell her to breathe! especially when you take her past a batch of wild flowers
others on the forum will have more to add. These are the basics that I go over with my passengers.
I bring up tip #1 as my girlfriend and I started seeing each other last year, and she was all too excited to ride on my bike. She told me that she had ridden "many times before" so I took her at her word, and went over just the hand signals that I use. But found out quickly that she thought she had to be perfectly still and couldn't move at highway speeds, and thought she had all freedom of movement at slower speeds. So I took her to a parking lot and we practiced slow maneuvering before going out the 2nd time. I let her feel what happens when she would make an unexpected movement, like stretching her legs a bit, and she could feel the sideways movement as a result. At highway speeds, she would do the same thing and the bike wouldn't move an inch.
My oldest daughter on the other hand has basically grown up riding with me and I never feel her on the back at all. She just molds into the back and enjoys the ride. We have great times together. our hand signals are an automatic third language for her. She speaks English, Spanish and Bike!
take it slow and ramp up to longer rides as the comfort level increases, and enjoy!!
2011 Voyager - Blue/Silver - "Addie"