How To… A small guide you can avoid any issues and have fun when participating in a motorcycle group ride.
When we told everyone that I now had a Honda CBF500 and licence to go touring around the world, everyone just looked and laughed. However, I was determined to make this an adventure bike!
There are countless handbooks, YouTube videos and advanced training options on how to be a good motorbike rider, in fact, you even have to take a test before you are allowed free on the open road. Yet there is no such thing for a pillion. Virtually anyone can put a helmet on and sit on the back of a bike with no guidance, experience or training. The result can often be havoc and cause great problems for the rider.
A pillion at the back not only means you can share your experiences; it means there will be some extra weight that will affect how your bike behaves. Obviously, the bigger and more powerful the bike is, the less it will be affected, but absolutely any bike is affected when it carries more weight on it.
Nowadays, most of us use Sat Navs to travel around on our motorcycles. Personally, I use a BMW Navigator VI manufactured by Garmin, but others may use the popular Tom Tom. Last week, going through Facebook, an interesting question appeared – “Does anyone know if or how you can export a route on basecamp onto google maps?”