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labelled for having a pillion

Post by Fozz » Mar 13th, '18, 21:31

I ride with a pillion[the wife]over 90% of the time as it is OUR hobby[apparently] :-?
She has a full bike licence but prefers being pillion,and a very good one,reading the road ahead and acting accordingly,i sometimes forget shes there!
On ride outs with other motorcycle groups in the past we have got fed with being placed in a certain group assuming we will be riding at a certain pace.Just wondered if others have experienced this?
Dont get me wrong,we like a bimble,but also like to make good progress when conditions allow and it is safe to do so.
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by MellowYellow » Mar 13th, '18, 21:46

It's all in the mind.

On a ride out, me on a litre bike and in serious mode was overtaken by a chap with his sub 10 y o daughter on the back.

On another occasion whilst leading a ride in the Cotswolds, I nearly had an off turning into a shady area from bright sunlight and hitting gravel. A fellow behind me on a LARGE bike with the wife on the back also had a serious incident. He later said that it was the most serious slide he'd ever encountered, but that he still couldn't get rid of the wife !
Have you noticed that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster is a maniac ?

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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by MellowYellow » Mar 13th, '18, 21:52

Of course, there is the other end of the stick.

My brother's pal offered a youngster permission to get on his Kawi 1200 at a steam show. The kid stood on the footrest, grabbed he guy's shoulder and pulled the lot over. This broke my pal's leg and caused many £££ damage to the bike.
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by billinom8s » Mar 13th, '18, 22:36

Can't say i've ever held a judgement when it comes to pillion.
Kim used to come out on my r1 for all the rideouts I felt comfortable taking her on.
When it comes down to it, it's down to the rider and how they want to approach the ride, if they want to ride like they're on a track with a pillion, as an 'adult' through B roads that's down to them.

So long as they don't put others in harms way it's a free world.












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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by Fozz » Mar 14th, '18, 06:37

Yes totally agree,only make progress when safe to do so,precious cargo dont you know!

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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by billinom8s » Mar 14th, '18, 07:02

Plus a punch in the kidney and a case of naggers far after does really hurt.
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by menzies3032 » Mar 14th, '18, 11:19

I have tried caring a pillion on my old K1 Gixxer 600 but got to say was not a good experiance and would not encourage it. Trying to sort out the K7 thou for the cobweb ride as going to have a friend join in who is down from up country. Either way one rider is differant to the next and your speed confidence and ability are going to be differant. Always dangerous to assume.
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by Fozz » Mar 14th, '18, 13:26

Pillions on sports bike difference story.unbalances the bike i find.Hence the Xr.Perfect compromise.

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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by Ruffian » Mar 14th, '18, 17:49

Used to take the partner on the back of my bike and she used to fall asleep at normal paces.

On the back of gee46, we used to be able to get a "brisk" pace on which would show surprise most people easily. Especially when in "play mode"

You do get tarnished with the brush but even funnier when they can't shake you.
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by tholloway93 » Mar 18th, '18, 18:34

I've not come across being labelled differently / assumptions being made for having a pillion, but I do ride differently with the missus on the back. All depends on the confidence of the rider and pillion I suppose, which sounds like no issue for you guys
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by Ruffian » Mar 18th, '18, 19:22

You do know that nowhere it states the pillion has to be facing forwards also,

If you want a giggle lol
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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by menzies3032 » Mar 20th, '18, 18:18

Ruffian wrote:
Mar 18th, '18, 19:22
You do know that nowhere it states the pillion has to be facing forwards also,

If you want a giggle lol
But they are unsafe if they do not have feet of foot pegs so might need some alterations or a flexible passenger if your looking to go rearward facing.

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Re: labelled for having a pillion

Post by MellowYellow » Mar 20th, '18, 19:11

Just rmembered.

When I started senior school, my brother, being 5 yrs older was starting 6th form at the same school.

For some of these 2 yrs, he had various bikes and, at those times would take me on the back. No indicators of course and I got to do all the hand signals as I knew where he was going.

On one occasion, on a long right (in town) he suddenly raised his body whilst maintaining the lean of the bike. I saw a bollard aiming to take my head off and took evasive action. That caused a bit of a wobble for a few yards.
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