Hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve either been riding as a passenger or are about to become one.
I often see lots of passengers come into the Showroom and there are so many misconceptions, false narratives and untruths that need to be cleared up.
If you have NO IDEA what you’re getting into, would you really accept the risks? That’s like saying yes to going swimming but you don't know how. Wouldn’t you want to know how to at least tread water?
Yes, it’s a big investment. But you’re riding a motorcycle. This isn’t a light hobby like camping or hiking. This is something that has a very high risk of injury or death if something goes wrong. Many of us have been riding for years and have had zero injuries. It’s just like being in a car and not wearing your seatbelt. You may or may not ever need it, but if you do, you will very likely have severe injuries or worse, death.
Why would you wait until you’re hurt, in pain, in the hospital or deep in debt over medical bills to then gear up?
So here are 3 Myths that need to be buried forever.
#1 You Don’t Need a Full Face Helmet Because You Don’t Ride Enough
This is simply not true.
This pic above is me wearing a full face (modular) helmet while riding with my husband on the back of his Triumph. I rarely rode with him, but the few times I did, I absolutely wore my helmet. Why would it be any different for you as a casual passenger?
Nothing about being behind the driver minimizes the risk of injury to your face. Unfortunately you are also at at risk of death as a passenger.
Your risks are very real, and equal to that of your driver when you are on the actual motorcycle.
#2 You Don’t Need to Gear Up Your Whole Body
This is where I tell you to click here and read a story that every rider needs to read. Don’t worry, there are no graphic images, just a detailed, personal story that should show you the risks that you are choosing to take when you swing a leg over any motorcycle.
As a passenger, you must be willing to accept all the risks AND consequences. You may know the risks, but do you really know the consequences?
#3 You Don’t Need As Much Protection as the Driver
Wrong. So Very Wrong. See #2.
What is going to happen to you if your driver suddenly swerves to avoid hitting a deer but ends up crashing because he didn’t expect that to jump in front of the bike?
No magical airbags, inflatable rafts, imaginary heroes are going to save you from sliding down the asphalt or hitting the ground.
Your driver cannot possibly prevent you from getting injured. Only YOU can do this. Only you have the power to decide what you will wear, and when you will throw a leg over that motorcycle.
Why does your car have airbags and seatbelts for both the driver AND passenger? Because you both need it.
As you can see the moral of this story is, GEAR UP, no matter how often you ride. No matter whether you ride on the back or drive up front.
If you’re thinking that gear is cumbersome, or that you can’t possibly find something that will work for you I hope you will reach out to me directly and let me help you find options that are within your budget and style.
If you have 15-20 minutes to spare for a quick chat, it can quite simply change your life.