The harmonious bonding of man and animal is well represented by this riding duo. (Bill the man and Sandy the dog). Imagine they have gone riding the Burgman (one of my dream ride) for over 23,000 miles up to this date.
So how does Sandy ride?
Bill says: Sandy’s riding abilities are beyond what you might imagine. She uses the passenger backrest (with a specific position to place her butt) to allow us to accelerate and uses my back or shoulders to brace against during hard braking. And “yes”, we’ve done MANY panic stops in her 23,000 miles of riding. Sandy also leans into curves just like any good passenger should and it was pointed out to me by another rider that she watches the road ahead and switches sides before we reach the curve to be in the correct position to lean.
Is it safe for both of them?
Bill says: Do I think riding a motorcycle is safe? No… but we all assume some risk with many things that we do in life. You have to balance the risk with the joy you get from the fun things you do and Sandy certainly enjoys riding the Burgman. The Burgman is not just a “fun thing to ride” for us. It’s our primary transportation. How else would she have riding that many miles and yet is only 2 years old?
I actually see a local rider did this using a Honda Wave with his pet dog yesterday – much more difficult in terms of the size of the pillion! Anyway, just get easy with the throttle 😀
Ride Safe and Enjoy Riding Bill and Sandy!