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MCN  says:

You ask/you answer: Should I force pillion to wear proper gear?

I recently passed my test and took a pillion for the first time last weekend. It went well, she liked it, but I was in a dilemma about her gear. She had ordinary jeans, a fashion leather jacket, trainers and my winter gloves. I had a full race suit. I thought about refusing her a go until she borrowed proper kit, but...

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Dec 10

Posts: 11938

preunit says:


her a pair of leathers you tight git, she'll look even fitter and be a whole lot safer.

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Sep 12

Posts: 1

Outlaw2012 says:

It is no differen that asking someone to wear a sealtbelt while in your car. You are in control of that  Bike and therefore her life is in your hands and should ask her to dress with that in mind.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8098

snev says:

If You read this question....

I think you will find, Yet again, that it is not a real question, a fit Bird with a fashion jacket would not wear "ordinary Jeans" As for not wearing a Helmet, well that's the real crime not to mention the protest that would come from wearing your old musty winter gloves.

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Jun 07

Posts: 89

Harry44 says:

You tell her she's beautiful and you want to keep her that way.

And don't forget to check dhe is wearing the correct base layer.

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Jun 09

Posts: 251

sprintst955 says:


and no.

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Aug 02

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eatcs01 says:

Nothing wrong with jeans.


But if she's going to be a regular pillion, then at least get her to get a jacket, gloves and lid. They don't have to cost a fortune.

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walter ego


Sep 02

Posts: 14

walter ego says:

No brainer

You have all the protection ..she hasnt The often said analgy is ,with an off the average road slide is100 mtres , jeans are though to the skin in 10 Leather up , or your conscience will haunt you forever

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Aug 10

Posts: 26

Krisrexter says:

It all depends on the person everyone is different if she is a total ditz I'd probably insist if she is sensible and understands the risk let her decide and it depends on what sort of run you are going for. Personally I hadn't even got home from passing my test before I had my Sikh friend on the back with his turban but there are other people ive refused to take.

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Aug 09

Posts: 2714

MarcusMarsh says:


I will always argue that it is down to personal choice for us riders.  But then we are in a position to make an informed choice whereas a lot of pillion riders have less biking experience and therefore are not in as good a position to make that choice as us.

I would prefer any pillion I take to be properly protected and, at the moment, my girlfriend alwarys gets kitted up when out with me on the bike.  If in time to come she want to make her own choices I would probably respect that.   

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Jan 08

Posts: 74

Victor9098 says:

Topshop vs Tarmac

The law is clear on what you have to wear, everything else is optional and comes down to personal preferences and experience over time. You are wearing a full race suit for a reason and she is not going to be as 'fit' looking after a couple of meters of topshop versus tarmac! Over time you will have old gear you can let people borrow, right now though try and get your hands on something for her.

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