When I used to ride years ago, I mostly did it solo except for the rare brief ride with a girl on the back. I was a lonely youth.....don't ask......
Anyway, now that I'm back into riding, my girlfriend understandably want to ride with me. And I want her to go. I'm finding, though, that there are a few issues that I need help on when it comes to riding with a passenger....things I never had to deal with before. Please don't laugh...these are ignorant questions!
1) Where should her head be when I'm riding? Loaded question, I know. Really, I don't know what the deal is, but if her helmet clinks against mine one more time when I shift gears or slow down, I'm going to go insane. I obviously can't see how she's sitting, so I don't know what to tell her. Please tell me this isn't an inherent problem with riding 2-up. She knows it's starting to bother me. Years ago I actually rode a Goldwing, so when I did have a passenger, they were reclined in the backseat and I just don't remember helmets clashing being a problem.
2) Are there any "universal" or easily understood hand signals/pats, etc. that can relay messages to the driver? Or is it just made up as you go along? For example, her wanting to indicate that she wants to "stop here", "pull over", "I need to go to the bathroom", etc. I really
don't want to get an intercom...I'm enjoying the quiet time if you know what I'm saying.
3) Anything else? Any 2-Up riding tips from those of you that have done this a while? We've already gone over the weight-shifting/leaning and she's doing pretty well with that. All help is appreciated!!!