Lean with It
The key to riding on the back of a Japanese motorcycle: lean with it.
I understand this sounds counterintuitive, but it’s the truth. Besides trusting the driver with your life, you need to understand that when s/he leans, you need too to. Not too much as to throw the entire bike off balance, just enough to be helping with the turn. As a passenger, you need to do some work other than just looking pretty.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Kakouris
My overall thought: the faster the better. For those who ride jet skis, you know what I’m talking about. It’s almost the same feeling with the bike except on land. The thrill of a jet ski comes from either going against waves or going faster. The thrill of a bike ride comes from either leaning or going faster. Since I don’t need anymore scars, I prefer the latter. Also, the hardest part (as you can tell) was dismounting!