Passanger Question

by Diane

My husband has a BMW cruiser with a queen seat for me. Twice he has dropped it with me on the back. Both times we were just about to take off at a stop sign turning left when he hesitated thinking one of the other cars was about to go and he dropped the motorcycle. Both times he stayed was still on his feet with the handlebars in his hand. Both times I fell and landed maybe a foot above the motorcycle on my side, with only bruises. He blames both falls on me saying I leaned too far left. I always, always match my sitting position to be aligned with his. The last time it happened, the last 2 seconds before it fell, he screamed, “lean to the right”, I tried, he screamed it once more before it hit the ground, but I could not right myself up, I was on my way down. He says I should land on my feet like him when we fall. I do not have handle bars to hang onto (should I reach out for his shoulders?) and I am 5’3” tall and my feet are about 6 inches off the ground. So, I have to “fall” onto my left foot , and make sure it’s far enough out that the bike doesn’t hit my leg and then somehow balance myself?. What really is the best way to stop, and if needed, take a fall as a passenger on a queen seat?

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May 31, 2015
riding pillion
by: ree

try not to lean just use the sissy bar to push/lean against .. grab the side of the seat or sissy frame

Do not grab him

Left turns are harder anyway .. He is compensating for himself and has no idea how much you are leaning

until he gets more experience relax and lean on the sissy bar

I am short and used to drive with BFs on the back and because of the change of center of gravity the bike drives different - ditto with king/queen seat .. If they lean they could over power what I was doing and I'd have to correct while driving

I taught all passengers to shut their eyes and lean on sissy bar -it was a lot easier for me to deal with

May 30, 2014
Don't ride with the man
by: Anonymous

I agree with the other poster. The bike is falling because your husband is backing off the throttle in a turn which is causing the bike to fall. It has to habe momentum and powder to stay upright in a turn. He needs to ride alone until he gets more skilled and he might think about taking a class to build his confidence.

You should not ride with him until he becomes more experienced. If you have an interest maybe you should take the msf course and learn to ride your own.

Good luck!

May 29, 2014
by: Anonymous

Sorry to say this but, I recommend not riding w/ him until he gets use to the bike and/or more riding skills. You shouldn't have to 'learn' how to fall off the back.

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