Yesterday I rode pillion, I haven't really done this since I earned my motorcycle license. We have two motorcycles in our garage and only one of them is insured - and it's mine. Once upon a time, on lovely summer days back in the '80's you would find me and then boyfriend riding all over Northern BC. Those were heady days, we used to go everywhere on his bike! I continued to ride on the back off/on over the years, but that seemed to pretty much come to an end when we had our kiddo, it wasn't practical and it didn't lend itself to much riding time.
The cruiser is my hubby's bike Honda V45 Magna, he's had it since 1983, he used to pick me up for dates on that baby and I'd hop on and away we'd go!
At one time I was a great pillion passenger, you couldn't ask for better. I never fidgeted or leaned the wrong way. For the most part I was very content, although my view was mostly obscured by the back of the hub's head. I loved nothing more on a hot summer day to go for a ride on some twisties. It was the time of my youth and bck then there really was no motorcycle gear to speak of and I shudder at our lack of gear. I rode on the back of the bike for 28 years and then all of that changed when Pandora's moto box was opened with the scooter.
My impressions of my experience of riding pillion I would have to say it feels very odd sitting on the back. K said that when I have ridden on the back on two occasions that I am squirmy now. He says he can feel my hands twitch when he shifts, brakes, and rolls on/off the throttle. He he says he can feel my left foot wiggle around when you would be throwing in a shift, it's reflexive. My bike also has a very unforgiving passenger seat and does not have a sissybar, I felt like I was going to slide off. Its funny I didn't enjoy the ride as much as I used to and actually felt anxious for some odd reason, its hard now to give up control.
This seat is not conducive to a comfy passenger ride
There is an art to being a pillion passenger, when the passenger does it well and leans with you and doesn't wiggle around or thunk into the back of your helmet it makes for a good ride. I have yet to take a passenger on my bike and really haven't had a need or a desire to do so. I think what made it more difficult as well as we were both concerned about the bike bottoming out on bumps and when corning due to the fact that I lowered, so it actually made the ride less smooth and not as fluid as it usually is. I also have to hand it to those who love riding pillion and are good passengers!
So my question is would you ride pillion? Or do you think you could not handle giving up control? Got to say the view from the back was not as nice from the front and it was awkward trying to crane my neck around over the hub's shoulder. I think next time we will take the car ;)