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Motorcycle passenger signals

I picked up my first passenger last week but I had no ideas what signals to use when riding.

I would like to know what signals are commonly used for communication between the passenger and the driver.

I researched this topic on the mighty google and found a small article from motorcyclecruiser

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...Before you leave on a ride that's longer than around the block, you should set a few basic signals to communicate your needs.
One tap on the right shoulder, for example, might mean "I want to stop when it's convenient." Two might mean, "It's kind of urgent." And three means, "Stop right now!"
A tap on the left shoulder might mean "Look at this" or what you are pointing at.
Tapping both might mean "I have a problem." A thumbs-up means "I'm having fun," thumbs down the opposite, and sideways means the jury is out. You may be able to communicate vocally at low speeds or when stopped but the wind will probably prevent it at speed. A patting motion in front of the rider might mean "Please slow down."
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str...ger/index.html

Can you please comment on these signals since I don't seem to be able to find any "official" signals.

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that seems too complex to me, but i don't have a regular passenger. in my experience, most things that need communicating can wait until a stop. but i usually tell a passenger to give me a slow down signal if i'm going to fast, shoulder pats. it's never been used, so i always ask at a stop early in the ride. otherwise, i squeeze the arm/hand to say "hold on tight, twisties coming" or tap-the-knee-then-point if i see anything interesting. also, the knee tap means "you can hop off, now." that's it.

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I don't know of any official signals either. I do know it is a good idea to agree on simple "slow down", "stop now" and "yay fun" signals before you take off.

Especially inexperienced passengers can be surprised by the lack of ability to communicate.

You don't want the ride to be miserable for the passenger because you did not know you were supposed to "take it easy", "speed up already", or "stop now, my helmet is on backwards".
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My wife and I have a pretty technical system worked out. One tap on the leg means hang on we are about to do something stupid. The next tap means it is safe to lean back and use the hand rails.

That is as far as we have gotten on our signals so far.

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Why not consider the Scala rider and forget about the tapping. You dont want to be tapped in the wrong place in the wrong time

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My wife and me don't have standard signals to communicate.
Usually she squeezes me with her knees to warning for a danger.
For a little talk, I slow down and we scream...

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Nobody thinks that something is so easy like who is totally unable to do it.

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When I carry my daughter, a light tap then we just raise our voices a bit and talk.

I also have a wife who rides her own. As far as communicating with her, we don't need an intercom, we talk enough at home.

Seriously though, we often ride with a group of friends ~6 bikes usually and when my wife and I ride together we still use these hand signals. Works well for us.
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