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Tips for safe passenger transport on motorcycles

When a driver decides to transport a passenger via motorcycle, there are many factors that need to be considered first. Each state has its own laws about multiple riders on a two-wheeled vehicle, and that includes California. According to the Official California Legislative Information, in order for the vehicle to carry more than one person, the motorcycle must be equipped with either a sidecar meant for carrying passengers or a secure seat attached behind the driver. If both riders are on seats instead of in a sidecar, there must also be available footrests for each person.

If the vehicle is appropriately configured to carry passengers, there are a few other guidelines drivers should follow in order to safely transport passengers. RideApart.com suggests discussing these measures with any others before mounting the motorbike to ensure that both riders are aware of best practices for travel.

First, discuss proper mounting. Drivers should always be on the bike first and passengers should make sure they are ready before climbing on. Once the driver gives the signal, additional riders should mount from the left side, using the passenger peg. Dismount will also happen on the left side using the same peg.

The next thing to talk about is proper positioning during rides. Moving riders can affect your ability to balance, so passengers need to be capable of sitting still and leaning with the bike's angle during turns. In addition to behavior, passengers also need to be protected with proper safety equipment. Both riders need to have securely-fitting helmets and protective clothing that covers all major joints.

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