Anyone who gets on the back of someone else's motorcycle is at the mercy of the rider. If they have been drinking, or if they don't have sufficient training, or if they've never ridden with someone on the back, you are taking your life in your hands. Literally. If you don't have TOTAL TRUST in the person who is in control of that motorcycle - and ultimately your life - stay off!
I was once on a motorcycle trip with some people, and one of the guys who had his wife on the back developed a slow leak in the rear tire. He asked me if his wife could ride with me (on my Ultra Classic) until he had a chance to fix it. I said "no problem." After riding with me for an afternoon, his wife said, "Could I just ride with you because my husband scares me … how he rides." Having ridden with him many times (without his wife on the back) I could understand her concern. This guy was fairly reckless and always rode way too fast. He was always in the front and always riding faster than was necessary. I never saw her on the back of his bike after that trip. I think she understood that after riding with me, riding on a motorcycle doesn't have to be "scary."
It is always good to know that, as the lawyer that rides, I will always have your back if a motorcycle accident ever does happen to you. For over 30 years, I’ve collected millions of dollars for injured bikers because I ONLY handle motorcycle injuries. It’s an easy number to remember 1-800-Mi-Biker or visit www.michiganbiker.com for more info. Until next time, always keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down and make the most of your riding this season!
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