Motorcycles and Pets – Can They Go Together
We’ve all seen those videos or news segments about motorcycle riding dogs. Typically, their owners perch them on the handlebars, in their laps or in a sidecar. You may be wondering, how safe is it? Can I take my dog on my motorcycle rides? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no though. The answer is basically, sometimes, yes, you can take your pet along with you. However, in some situations, it can be downright dangerous, for both you and your dog. Let’s get to the bottom of this, shall we?
Most motorcycle enthusiasts would love to take their dog on a ride. There are certainly ways and situations where you can do this. But pay attention to these tips:
The Right Time
Just like with humans, there are times of the day or times of the year when it is less safe or not safe at all to ride you motorcycle with your dog tagging along. Unsafe times include storms, especially thunderstorms. Most dogs are sensitive to the sound of thunder, therefore it is critical that you avoid riding during these times. In a thunderstorm, your dog may jump off your bike, even if you have them in a harness or sidecar. Don’t take a chance! In addition, you’ll want to watch the weather reports in your area to see if there is even a chance of thunderstorms, then you’ll be prepared in case you run into one and need to get off the road with your dog.
Types of Rides
The type of ride is also critical when deciding whether to ride with your dog. If you are on a motorcycle rally, and your dog is sensitive to certain types of people or other dogs that may be riding with their owners, then it may not be a good idea to ride with them. In addition, riding in the city, you may have to stop at stoplights with lots of other cars near you. What if one of these vehicles has a cat or dog in it? How will your dog react? You must think ahead regarding the different types of situations you will encounter on your ride and make a safe choice for you and your dog.
Did you know that there is actually specialized safety equipment available for you to take your pets along on your motorcycle ride? Yes, there is! Amazingly, you can now find helmets and goggles for dogs of just about any size. Incredible, isn’t it? In addition, you can find special carriers for different sized dogs. Some small carriers for small dogs have padding and leather exteriors, and attach to your bike like a saddlebag. There are also special harnesses and even pads that fit over the gas tank available.
Nowadays, you CAN take your pets along for the ride, as long as you take all necessary safety precautions.