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Carrying a passenger or load (ERS) Loading a motorcycle with luggage, and carrying a passenger requires planning

A badly loaded motorcycle negatively affects rider safety

There’s no better way of enjoying motorcycling than sharing it with someone else. Carrying a passenger or load opens up many opportunities for adventures, from short day trips with a partner to camping and even crossing continents. However, the responsibility for carrying a passenger safely can be daunting to many riders.

Loading a motorcycle with luggage, and carrying a passenger require planning. What to take, how to pack and, more importantly, how to load the machine correctly are just a few of the things to consider. A badly loaded motorcycle can have a detrimental effect on the handling, causing risk to rider and passenger safety.

Course content

You will learn how a pillion passenger or heavy luggage affects a motorcycle’s handling and how to adapt your riding to these changes. You will learn how to load a motorcycle correctly and safely and how to adjust your machine correctly to carry extra loads.

Training outcomes

By the end of the training you will be able to:

  • Understand the legalities concerning loads and passengers (i.e. insurance)
  • Carry passengers safely
  • Recognise changes in machine performance, regarding balance and handling in relation to load and weight, and make appropriate changes to riding
  • Make appropriate adjustments to your machine – tyres and suspension
  • Pack loads correctly (weight distribution) and safely


The following modules are recommended: