Be always sure you're right, then go ahead.
-- Davy Crockett
Next Monthly Gathering
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Athens Eagle Wings Gathering
-- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL
|30, || ||Sun||-||-T-O-D-A-Y-|
|4, || ||Thu||-||Dinner - Taziki's in Madison
-- 6:30pm - 105 Brookridge Drive, Suite A
Madison, AL 35758
(Located in the shopping center between Target and the Madison Hospital, on the South side of US 72.)
|6, || ||Sat||-||Ride - Picnic at Wheeler State Park
-- 9am - Athens Shell|
Bring your lunch with you.
|11, || ||Thu||-||Athens Eagle Wings Gathering
-- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL |
|13, || ||Sat||-||Ride - Nett's Restaurant in TN - (4356 Skelley Rd, Santa Fe, TN 38482)
-- 9am - Athens Shell - Meet Jim and Wanda at Exit 46, I65, Love's Truck Stop|
|18, || ||Thu||-||Alabama District Convention (thru Saturday)
(Asbury Hotel, Mobile)
| ||-||Dinner - Village Pizza
-- 6:30pm - 222 W Market St W, Athens, AL 35611
(on the Square in Athens)
| ||-||AL District Convention (Thru Saturday)|
|20, || ||Sat||-||Ride - Old Delina Country Store and Deli, TN
-- 10am - Ardmore Shell Station, 26804 Main St, Ardmore, AL 35739 (next to McDonald's)
(Old Delina Country Store and Deli, 4397 John Barnes Rd, Cornersville, TN 37047)
|14, || ||Fri||-||Happy Birthday Jim Mattheu|
|17, || ||Mon||-||Happy Birthday Greg Vaughn|
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Updated: 5/21/2016 12:06:09 AM
Guidelines For Carrying A Passenger On Your Motorcycle
- Passengers should be considered as a second “active” rider so they can help ensure that safety and procedural operations are correctly followed.
- A passenger will affect the handling characteristics of a motorcycle due to the extra weight and independent motion.
- A passenger tends to move forward in quick stops and may “bump” your helmet with theirs.
- Starting from a stop may require more throttle and clutch finesse.
- Braking procedures may be affected. Braking sooner and/or with greater pressure may be required.
- More weight over the rear tire may increase the usefulness and stopping power of the rear brake, especially in quick stop situations.
- Riding on a downgrade will cause braking distance to increase.
- Extra caution is called for in a corner because of the extra weight.
- Cornering clearances may be affected.
- More time and space will be needed for passing.
- The effects of wind, especially side wind, may be more pronounced.
- The motorcycle must be designed to accommodate a passenger.
- The motorcycle owner’s manual should be reviewed for manufacturer’s tips about motorcycle setup as well as any related operational recommendations.
- The motorcycle’s suspension and tire pressure may need adjustment.
- Care should be taken to not exceed the weight limitations specified in the owner’s manual.
- Passengers should be tall enough to reach the footrests and mature enough to handle the responsibilities.
- Passengers should wear proper protective gear.
- Passengers should receive a safety briefing (see #7 below).
- Passengers should consider themselves a second operator and share responsibility for safety.
General Safety Considerations
- You need to be experienced in the motorcycle’s operation and have a safety-oriented attitude before taking on the added responsibility of carrying a passenger.
- Practice low-speed clutch/throttle control as well as normal and emergency braking in a low-risk area like an open parking lot, with a passenger.
- Use caution in cornering and develop cornering skills over time to ensure passenger comfort and safety.
- Use caution in corners as clearance may be affected.
- Use a Search, Evaluate, Execute (S.E.E.) strategy to increase time and space safety margins.
- Allow time for a passenger to adjust to the sense of speed and the sensation of leaning; speeds should conservatively safe and reasonable until a passenger acclimates to the proper riding techniques.
- Ensure passengers follow safety procedures:
- Complete personal protective gear is properly in use.
- Hold operator’s waist or hips, or motorcycle’s passenger hand-holds provided.
- Keep feet on footrests at all times, including while stopped.
- Keep hands and feet away from hot or moving parts.
- When in a corner, look over the operator’s shoulder in the direction of the corner.
- Avoid turning around or making sudden moves that might affect operation.
- If crossing an obstacle, stand on the pegs with the knees slightly bent and allow the legs to absorb the shock upon impact.
- Allow more time for passing.
- Be ready to counter the effects of wind.
- Avoid extreme speeds and dramatic lean angles.
- Be ready for a passenger “bump” with their helmet when stopping quickly.
- Start the motorcycle before the passenger mounts.
- Have the passenger mount after the motorcycle’s stand is raised and the motorcycle is securely braced.
- Annually complete an ERC Skills Plus RiderCourseSM with a passenger.
- Have frequent passengers complete a Basic RiderCourse so they can better understand the operator’s task.