Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Travelers Rest, SC, USA
Model: GL1800, GL1200, GL1000
Don't forget the safety aspects of having a co-rider.
First, your co-rider is another set of eyes to watch for traffic problems and other road hazards. (This is even more important now days with the majority of car drivers being cell phone distracted drivers.)
Second, your co-rider is your fail-safe backup pilot in the case you become incapacitated on the front seat.
The "Incapacitated Rider" drill is taught in the co-rider class at GWRRA functions.
Basically, they teach the co-rider what to do to take control of the bike and bring it to a safe stop should the rider become incapacitated for whatever reason.
Should the rider become incapacitated while underway, the drill goes like this:
1. Co-rider stands up on their foot pegs/floorboards and then stretches out forward pushing the rider down against the top of the bike with their body to keep them from falling off the bike. (Continue to lay on top of the rider to hold them in place through the entire procedure.)
2. At the same time, the co-rider grabs both hand grips and continues to steer the bike and keep it upright and on a safe course.
3. The co-rider, now the pilot, uses the clutch, the throttle and the front brake lever to control the bike while looking ahead for a safe place on the side of the road to pull over and stop the bike.
4. The co-rider slows the bike and steers for the spot chosen to safely stop.
5. Continue to slow, and when at the safe stopping location, pull in the clutch and use the front brake to bring the bike to a full stop.
6. Quickly flip the engine "kill switch" to OFF and allow the bike to slowly tip over sideways and onto the engine guard bars, etc. Try to keep feet from getting pinned under the bike when it tips over. (Note that if the bike has a tip-over switch, it will turn itself off on its own.)
7. Get off the bike, check the rider and render aid, then call 911 for help. Flag down those passing by to assist if they can.
That's the drill. Really every co-rider should know what to do if this should happen.
Before you ask, no, they can't reach the shift lever to change gears, but there is no need to shift gears to accomplish this procedure.
And, yes, if your co-rider is not familiar with standard shift and a clutch, you need to give them a lesson. They really don't have to be expert at it at all, but they need to know the basics of using a clutch. Clutch in - bike slows, clutch out - bike goes!
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