Motorcycle Passenger Basics

Found this video on youtube that gives a great basic breakdown for Pillions & Riders. It seems that as a pillion we don’t always realize the adjustment it takes for the Rider to carry us on the back.  We need to ensure that our part is done and mutual respect is maintained to keep the wheels on the ground.


Would love to see some comments on your experiences.


Warthog’s Kwak Build – Updates

Here’s some updates on our mate Warthog’s custom Kwak build.

Disassembling the whole bike again and making some “specialized” tools.

Click the link below to see all the new developments.

Kwakhead’s Customs





The Wolf Run 2013

I am pretty sure that on the 20th of April in the JHB area many bikes stayed safely in their owner’s garages, but a few of us loonies decided to ride in the rain to Deneysville and support the Huskyromi wolf recue centre.

The event was well supported by civilians and patched riders despite the inclement weather. I don’t think that the wolves even noticed the cold.

At the venue there was everything a frozen biker could ask for, historic bikes, great bands, fantastic food, cheap OBS, and friggin’ live wolves.

Here are some pics of the clubs who attended, the sights and of course the guests of honor, the wolves.

A short clip Of Reason Machine playing Whiskey in the jar.







Emergency information options

After volunteering for Think Bike Support Services for a number of years, one of the things that became apparent was the lack of identification that riders carry with them.  Most of us have a wallet with our information in but the truth is that is one of the first things that go missing at an accident scene.

It is vital that when a paramedic attends to you that they have as much information up front as possible, information that is carried on your that thieves see no value in removing.

I’ve found a few options and if anyone has more suggestions please add them to the comments below.


Samaritan Band

Product is activated when a unique code from your band is sms’d to the number on your band, alerting the next of kin that the band has been activated and supplying the user with vital information straight to their cell phone.

Samaritan band

Medical ID Bracelets

The Ice ID Bracelet is comfortable enough to wear daily, with vital information such as 2 emergency contacts, blood group, allergies and medical aid details being engraved onto a small plaque inserted into the band.

Ice ID

Dog Tags

Dog tags are by far the cheapest option and spotted very easily, keep in mind that as much information as possible should be included on the tag.

Dog TagsNone of these products will get in your way while riding or cause any discomfort, but using them will ensure that the person assisting you knows the most important information to save your life.

Pillion rules

I came across this and thought I would post it out there for all of you that often ride with Pillions, truth is not many of them need a little training..


The Guide to being a Good Pillion

The secret to being a good pillion is to almost mimic the rider, relax and enjoy the ride. Riding with your partner or a mate can be one of the most fun things you can do, but it can be that much more enjoyable if you follow a few standard rules. The guide is all you need to become the perfect pillion ride

  • ALWAYS wear a helmet that is securely fastened and fits properly. A helmet should be a snug fit; it should not be possible to twist it around on your head. The strap should be pulled as tight as you can get it. This is even more important on a pillion ride.
  • Wear protective clothing (Read my page on pillion gear for more detail)
  • Always ask your rider how they want you to get on the bike. Common practice is to extend your right leg over the seat, and then slide gently up onto the seat. Put your feet on the foot pegs and you are ready to ride!
  • Straddle the bike facing forward, don’t try sitting side saddle or backwards
  • Keep your feet on the foot peddles at all times. (Foot peddles are crucial to a comfortable pillion ride.)
  • Always hold onto either the rider (waist strap or around their waist) or onto the grab rails.
  • Do not hold on to the rider’s shoulders or arms, which can interfere with their control, and especially do not try to use any strap that may be attached to the seat. This will not be a steady grip for you and it will affect the motorcycle’s stability.
  • If you are holding on to the rider during acceleration then it is easier to steady yourself.
  • Keep your body inline with the rider – find synergy with their movements to become the ultimate pillion rider.
  • Try and stay as neutral as possible when leaning into corners, mimicking your driver’s position. It is important to not shift your weight suddenly in the corner. If the motorcycle is turning right, look over the rider’s right shoulder; if it is turning left, look over the rider’s left shoulder.
  • If you do want to look behind you make sure you only move from the waist up, twisting your legs can make the bike unstable and difficult to control.
  • Wear the right protective clothing.
  • Only get on and off the motorcycle when the rider says so.
  • Do not give hand signals to other drivers.
  • Try not to fidget at low or high speeds.
  • Expect the unexpected. Watch the road so your can anticipate acceleration or braking. Also act as another pair of eyes for the rider. This really can make the difference in being invited again to enjoy a pillion ride.
  • If you are doing long distance riders make sure that you have upper and lower pillion pegs to rest your feet on.
  • It is best not to move around too much as a passenger but sometimes after sitting still it is impossible not to. I find that the best time for a pillion to do so for the rider is when you’re on a straight as this is when the bike is most stable. You can also move once the bike has come to a stand still in traffic but the rider might not be ready for it and lose their footing. Do not ever move when cornering, going around a bend or when slowing down.


I would like to add however, that most pillions brake with their hands on the tank causing unneccessary pain to their wrists.. use your legs!  When the rider is slowing down use your legs to brace yourself, less pressure and pain on your joints and keeps you from knocking the rider.