Getting On and Off the Bike - Two Up - Advice

by Stephen

I'm looking for some pointers on how my girlfriend should get on and off the bike. I have never ridden two up before so I'm looking for some tips I can share with my girlfriend. Thanks for the help.

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Aug 28, 2011
by: Steve Bledsoe

I have a 2011 Harley Limited and my wife rides with me everywhere I go. I always get on the bike first and pick it up off the kickstand, hold the front brake and then signal to her by nodding my head towards the back seat,that I am ready for her to mount up. She then places her left foot on her floor board, steps over the seat with her right leg, then then turns and sits down. Once she is settled and ready to go, she reaches over my shoulder and gives me a thumbs up and we are off. Whatever you do, NEVER EVER mount or dismount without letting the driver know!!! Thats one sure way to cause him/her to drop the bike and now you get to learn how to pick it up! lol

Jun 16, 2011
Do what works for you and your bike.
by: Tina

I have been a back seat rider for years and on our older bike, I used the pegs. With our new bike (it's much heavier) my husband prefers me to get on without the pegs. He says the bike pulls too much to one side when I use the pegs. I am only 5 foot tall and I am no spring checking (in my 40s), so I wasn't sure I could do that. However, with a little practice, it is really not that difficult. I swing the right leg over, shift my weight onto the seat (kind of bounce up off my left foot), holding onto his shoulders for stability. Once both feet are on the pegs, then I tap him to let him know that I'm good. :) I now have my own little bike to ride to work and around town, but I still prefer to ride with him when we are cruising around. :)

Jun 08, 2011
Just like a horse.
by: Sunny

I disagree with the other poster. I'm short, so getting on the back of the husband's Harley without the pegs won't work.

Just like a horse's stirrup. He gets on, and gets stable, then nods to me, I put my left foot on the peg on the left (kickstand)side, left hand on his left shoulder, stand up on the peg and lift my right foot over to the other side. He has a sissy bar, so no swinging the leg. Once I get settled, put my arms around him and tap his belly to let him know I'm ready to go.

Apr 10, 2011
Two Up on Sport Bikes
by: Anonymous

I have ridden two up on sport bikes with my husband for years. He gets on first, and when he has the bike up and steady, he gives me a nod to get on. I swing my right leg over first and put my foot on the peg, then hold his shoulders and lift myself up. I tap his leg when I am situated so he knows I am ready to go. When we stop, I wait for him to have both feet on the ground and stand up, then I get off first. Another thing with sport bikes is that it helps to brace my hands on the tank when we stop so that I don't push him into the tank.

Apr 01, 2011
Two Up
by: Jillian

My boyfriend (as driver) always gets on first and then when he's stable, I swing a leg over.

My advice would be to get her leg over and butt on the seat and then think about the foot pegs. Don't use them like stirrups on a horse.

He has a sportbike and I've never ridden pillion on anything else so I don't know how well it translates to a cruiser. But I could see how with the touring bikes, the passenger has to get on first.

Feb 18, 2011
by: Anonymous

The driver is suppose to get on first. Set the bike up. Then nod to the passenger that he/she is ready. Left foot on, swing it over. My daughter age 11 rides with me exclusively. She is 120 lbs. Same thing about getting off. My daughter MUST tap me shoulder or I give her a nod when she is ready to get off. I don't think I could set the bike up with her on it anyway.

Feb 17, 2011
Two Up
by: sassy2731

I always rode behind the hubby for about 30 years and I'm with the other lady about getting on first and moving to the back seat is the easiest. But your hubby can sit on the bike and hold the bike level while you put tour left foot on the left peg and hold onto his shoulders and swing your right foot over seat and sit. This technique is easy when you are younger, but I'm older now so I just learned to ride my own. LOL

Feb 17, 2011
Miss Pinky Leigh
by: Linda

What kind and size is your bike? The reason I ask is that my husband and I always rode double and he has a Yamaha Midnight Venture which is a cruiser. So it was easier for me to get on before he did and then slide up onto the back seat. Until you get used to doing it, you will think it will fall over but it won't. I am large person and it held me up just fine even without him.

Hope this helps.

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