Carrying a Pillion Passenger – Safely and Responsibly

Carrying Pillion Grab Handles

When Carrying a Motorcycle Pillion Passenger, remember that carrying the additional weight on your bike will affect the handling of the motorcycle.

This article will include the most common safety advice and practices ensuring both rider and pillion arrive safely to the destination

Carrying Pillion Passenger


The Best Pillion Practices


  • Do not carry a pillion passenger or heavy loads unless you are an experienced rider
  • Make sure you have a suitable seat fitted on your motorcycle
  • A passenger is your responsibility; make sure they are as well protected as you are
  • Adjust the rear suspension spring preload, mirror, headlight and tyre pressure to allow for the additional weight
  • Ride at lower speed and Slow down earlier
  • Adjust your buffer zone to allow extra stopping distance
  • Keep conversation to a minimum to avoid distraction
  • Do not make sudden moves or show off as it will make your passenger nervous and could compromise safety
  • The pillion passenger must be 8 years or older and be able to reach the foot pegs


Your passenger should


  • Get on the motorcycle after you have mounted the motorcycle and started the engine
  • Sit as far forward as possible
  • Hold on to the waist of the rider or a secure part of the motorcycle
  • Keep both feet on the foot pegs at all times, even when the motorcycle is stopped
  • Stay directly behind you, leaning as you lean and avoiding any unnecessary movement

Introducing Motorcycle Pillion Passenger Grab (Love) Handles

Motorcycle Pillion Grab Handles

Motorcycle Pillion Passenger Grab Handles are available in a number of styles and designs.

Click on the following link to view the Haul N Ride Grab Handles Product Comparison:

Motorcycle Pillion Passenger Safety – Grab Handles

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Thank you for visiting Haul N Ride. Dave

2 thoughts on “Carrying a Pillion Passenger – Safely and Responsibly

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    Dave says:

    Hi Sarah, thank you for your comment. I think the rider should discuss safety with the pillion passenger before the ride begins. That is why I added the above video. It is an exceptional video on pillion safety. Add the Love Grab Handles and you will have a perfect safe ride. Have a great day. Dave

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    sarah says:

    This is a great product. When we talk about biking, we rarely discuss about safety accessories, and to be honest, I didn’t knew that such accessory is existed in the market. What a great safety product, will share it with all my biker friends.

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