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#874755 - 03/10/14 05:49 AM passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!?  
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My friend Rosita took her first ever motorcycle passenger ride today. We went about 100 miles from Bothell WA (Seattle suburb) to Snoqualmie Falls. She quickly became comfortable on the bike ... so comfortable that she nodded off to sleep for a short time now and then thumbsup

We would appreciate any advice from others who have experienced this ... can this possibly be (more or less) safe? Hope so, otherwise we will have to use as much Red Bull as gas to get anywhere!

GS with rider and passenger smile



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#874767 - 03/10/14 10:15 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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Never a good thing IMO for rider or driver to doze off for even a second unless the rider is safely tucked in a side car and sometimes, that would be questionable. The reason being is that the rider is an integral part of the balance equation on a bike. The center of gravity changes very abruptly in normal maneuvers let alone the emergency dodge outs for critters or cages. Is Red Bull your answer? I don't think so. A good nights rest or even a nice long rest stop may be your answer.


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#874774 - 03/10/14 12:32 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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My wife cat naps behind me on the bike all the time, especially after lunch. I was worried at first but she has never come close to falling and seems to wake up when the bike gets leaned over.
There was a thread on this subject here some years ago and the conclusion was that no S.O. has fallen off while sleeping on the back of a bike. I wouldn't worry about it.


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#874778 - 03/10/14 12:59 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Chris K]  
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Not a good idea IMO. Some bikes worse than others. Gold Wing with backrest and arm rests probably the best. No back rest/top box and no arm rests the worst.


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#874780 - 03/10/14 01:23 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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Another vote for dangerous. On more than one level. How many times have we all woke disoriented from a nap with a start? That's okay on the couch but...

#874782 - 03/10/14 01:52 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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Love those falls, haven't been in a while.

AFAIK, no recorded instance of accident or problem casued by pillion sleeping.
Know plenty of folks who have had the experience.

It is hard for someone who fits between rider and topcase/saddle bags to get off of the bike to begin with.
Most instances of sleep seem to be on non technical roads
where rthe bike is mostly upright.


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#874786 - 03/10/14 02:06 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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I hate to be a wet blanket, but falling asleep on ones first motorcycle ride? That's a pretty thrilling experience for any first timer.
She may have Narcolepsy or suffer from sleep apnea. I would gently bring up the subject if for no other reason her own health and happiness.
Safety is important on the bike of course. You could use that as a lead in.


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#874792 - 03/10/14 02:32 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Chris K]  
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Originally Posted By: Chris K
My wife cat naps behind me on the bike all the time, especially after lunch. I was worried at first but she has never come close to falling and seems to wake up when the bike gets leaned over.
There was a thread on this subject here some years ago and the conclusion was that no S.O. has fallen off while sleeping on the back of a bike. I wouldn't worry about it.


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#874798 - 03/10/14 03:38 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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Is the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge still there? I had breakfast there 30 years ago and I recall I had to make reservations 6 months in advance.
As far as napping, your passenger becomes 140lbs of unsecure baggage. Not recommended.


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#874803 - 03/10/14 04:15 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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My wife naps behind me all the time. For a long nap, I lean forward, she tilts her head to one side and lays against my back, with her left arm around my waist, and I secure it with my left arm. She needs a nudge to wake up, when I get tired of that position. smile


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