It may be tempting to just have your riding partner hop on the back of your bike and take off, but in reality, there is much more to it than that. Even someone small will affect how much weight is on the bike, so it’s important to be aware of how your motorcycle handles the additional weight, especially when it comes to stopping and turning.
Your stopping distances will be longer and you’ll need to apply considerably more braking force should you want to stop in a hurry. You’ll also need to get on the brakes earlier and smoother than you usually do, meaning you’ll need to plan any stops well in advance.
If you will be going long distances, it's worth your while to adjust your motorcycle's suspension and tire pressure to handle the extra weight.
The extra weight on the back will not only affect the rear end but will make the front end of your motorcycle far more likely to want to jump up. Smooth acceleration is imperative in order to keep the bike under control and for a pleasant riding experience.
Passenger accommodations for motorcycles have come a long way since the days of the sidecar, and a backrest is another great option for the one-up rider. There are a number of options out there and they can really make your passenger experience as enjoyable as your own. Motorcycle backrests come in many styles and with different functions, and you will want to consider these factors when selecting which backrest is right for you. If you are looking to maximize comfort, we recommend something like our backrest pad for the King tour pack. If you are wanting something a little more subtle, the chopped tour pak cushion is a great and stylish option.
Backrests are highly desirable for passengers, particularly when they're built into the bike's frame. A solid backrest offers an easy way for a passenger to relax and feel secure without holding onto the bike's driver or being dragged along aerodynamically. Some bikes come with larger backrests that accommodate two people. However, there are many small bikes that have no backrest at all, serving primarily as a barrier between the rider and pillion.
A comfortable saddle is important for the rider and their passenger. It should be wide enough to support you, your passenger, and their weight, but not so wide that you can’t adjust your position or pillion seat. A saddle that slopes forward too much is uncomfortable, while a saddle that slopes rearward is a bad idea for anyone riding behind you.