Pillion riders double the fun

pillion riders

There are those who say carrying pillion riders spoils the bike’s handling, retards the throttle, applies the brakes and halves the fun.

I don’t subscribe to that theory. I say a joy shared is a joy doubled.

The photo at the top is my favourite shot of me on a bike … because my wife is on the back.

It’s also because the Triumph Bonneville is a great pillion bike. That might seem strange because you would expect a Honda Gold Wing or Harley-Davidson Ultra would be the best pillion bike with all its creature comforts.

But a comfortable pillion bike is a subjective thing. Gold Wings and Ultras are too big for my reluctant pillion. She prefers something that is smaller so it isn’t intimidating.

With a sissy bar fitted to the rear of the Bonne, it is just the right size. Plus I like the fact that she can sit close to me and we can centre the weight and ride as one.

There can be nothing finer than having the love of your life put so much trust in you that she wraps her arms around you, leans her helmeted head on your shoulders and rides as one with you and your machine.

What do you think about carrying pillion riders? Good idea or bad idea? And what are your tips for carrying a passenger? Please click on “Leave a reply” below and … leave a reply!


  1. Definitely agree. It has to be the best way to share a day out. I find bluetooth headsets improve the day as well. She enjoys the ride, tucks in and leans, so I hardly know she’s there. It does help when it’s a fine day though.

  2. I love riding 2up with the good lady on our R1200RT.
    It’s a great way to travel together.
    If only I could find a way to stop her falling asleep on those long hwy runs.

  3. Nothing beats the intimacy and joy of having a pillion onboard who is also your apassionata. Especially on longer rides. No Bluetooth necessary!

  4. I didn’t care for having my girlfriend (now wife) on the bike at first because it DOES require so much more work to brake safely, shift smoothly enough to keep her helmet from knocking mine, etc. Or she’ll shift and adjust her weight when I’m trying to do some low speed turns. Then I got my first backrub for no other reason than we were stopped at a red light. Suddenly I realized it’s the mentality behind the ride that matters and it fixes everything.

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