I never mentioned speed at all......nor did I say he should act invincible.I'm no safety nazi by any means and I ride just as fast as the next guy, but this sounds like a horrible idea. @Doddy666, I felt exactly like this; when I was 18 and invincible. Also the roads were a lot different 25 years ago when I started out. Now everyone drives insanely fast, at least in my city. I routinely have people try to sideswipe me and pull out in front of me. To the OP; dont be scared, just use common sense and a little practice. What's the harm in that?
So if you mess about in a carpark first you are saying they are not going to sideswipe or pull out on you?? You can't practice that on a carpark. The roads are what they are and having a pillion on my bike doesn't make me ride anymore defensive than I already do, only one difference is I don't accelerate or brake as hard.
If someone doesn't have confidence or lost it for some reason, they shouldn't ride with a pillion and in all honesty should probably consider not riding on the road at all, they should go on some courses, they are awesome and a imo should be mandatory. My motorcycle CBT test had statistics to show lack of confidence to be one of the root causes of accidents involving motorcycles, then showed several clips of why and how this would have been avoided.
If I read all these replays on here I'd have been worried about carrying a pillion, when in reality it's no different. In the last 3 years I ride about 50% with a pillion.
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