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#875031 - 03/12/14 02:41 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: 4wheeldog]  
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Hey Doug. The falls were rockin. Rainy falls asleep frequently but I don't let her snooze after I realize it. Usually pop the brakes and then she's not only awake but back to being alert. She's not just along for the ride but an integral part of the whole shebang.


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#875163 - 03/13/14 10:53 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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I could not sleep as a passenger on a motorcycle. This would be to inconvenient for me grin

#875206 - 03/13/14 06:04 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted By: tallman
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.


+1

Lisa fell asleep from time to time on the back of the bike. No problem. Occasionally she'd wake with a little jolt, but it was never enough to do anything other than let me know she just woke up. Even if we were lane-splitting at the time, it wasn't an issue.

Honestly, if you're riding so close to the edge that a little jerk from your passenger is going to cause an issue, you've got bigger issues.


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#875261 - 03/14/14 12:44 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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A good friend who rides passenger behind her husband once told me she falls asleep regularly. She did fall off the motorcycle once when it stopped for gas.

There must be some physical (or mental) dynamic the happens when the motorcycle is in motion that keeps the passenger from falling off.


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#875592 - 03/17/14 12:32 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: JohnnyJ]  
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Just about every 2 years during Daytona Bike a passenger falls asleep and falls off a motorcycle. They almost always get hurt and sometimes they meet their demise.

Buy a sidecar and your passenger can sleep all they want without worry.

Tom


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#875619 - 03/17/14 09:34 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: russell_bynum]  
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Last fall, my daughter was dozing off on her first fairly long ride. I told her the story of my cousin who fell asleep on the back of a motorcycle on his way home from work. He woke up in the hospital with a major case of road rash...

We stopped for coffee.


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#875631 - 03/17/14 11:56 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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While it is hard to argue that it is a safe practice, my wife and each of my daughters always seem to fall asleep after a couple of hours. I know it's happening when I start feeling the familiar helmet bump.

I don't know how to prevent my passengers from falling asleep. Straight slabs or curvy mountain roads make no difference. But when I become aware that she's asleep, I make a point of pushing back slightly in my seat so there is a tight fit between my lower back, the passenger, and the top case.


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#875644 - 03/17/14 02:13 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Daydream]  
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I've seen riders fall off their bikes at Daytona.

Too much alcohol, too much heat, too little riding...

not representative of this board at all.


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#875704 - 03/17/14 08:41 PM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: 4wheeldog]  
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Thanks for the great discussion and advice about sleepy passengers ... good that many have experienced it without problems.

I met a very nice couple at a Idaho beemer campout last summer, they had toured all over two up on a 1150GS and Mrs. Nice mentioned more than once the great naps she had on the back of the bike

To be fair to my friend Rose, she "cleans up pretty good" when not stuffed into mostly borrowed / oversize riding gear grin



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#875723 - 03/18/14 12:34 AM Re: passenger falling asleep... OK or dangerous?!? [Re: Doug 55]  
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I'll be much more comfortable if/when she nods off on the RT. She was napping on the Harley last fall, which didn't have a very wide seat or backrest. I'd be even more at ease if I come up with some kinda velcro thingy that would keep her hands around my waist when she wants to doze off. I understand it can be boring back there at times.

On a related note, my ex-wife has epilepsy. We used to ride all over the northeast until the kids came around. Thank goodness she never had a grand mal on the bike, but she told me she had small ones. Otherwise, I don't think she ever napped while riding.

-Dave


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