It's easier than you think to take your four-legged best friend on your next Harley-Davidson® motorcycle ride. Below, we cover how you'll need to alter your bike and your riding style to make things comfortable and safe for your dog. If you have any questions or want to look at Harley bikes for sale, visit your local Harley dealer! Great River Road Harley-Davidson is located in Quincy, IL.
Tank Or Tail Bags
This option is ideal for dogs who weigh 25 pounds or less. This bag gets attached to your motorcycle's passenger backrest. Your dog will be secure as you travel without getting tossed or jostled around. You can even leave the cover open so she can enjoy the wind in her face. Some models will come with extra features designed to make the experience even more comfortable for her, including built-in windows, ventilation panels, and extra padding.
No, this doesn't mean any old backpack you've got lying around. There are backpacks made with dogs in mind. They use a fitted harness that you can attach to your chest or your back. These backpacks are an alternative to the tank or tail bags. Some dogs are too nervous for those options, but love being secured close against your body. Just make sure that your dog can't wiggle out while you are trying to drive.
A Dog Seat Or A Side Car
The above options work great if you're riding with a small dog. But what happens if your dog is too big to strap onto your chest? Medium and large dogs will benefit from a separate spot to sit.
One choice is a custom-made dog seat that gets installed onto your motorcycle. It allows your pup to sit down and even place their paws on your back. Keep in mind, however, that this is not the most secure choice. You'll want to consider buying a harness for extra safety. You can even use this option for smaller dogs if it gets too tiring having them hang off of your chest or back.
Another choice is a sidecar. Some dogs may be too big to fit onto your motorcycle, but can fit into a sidecar. True, this is the more expensive option. But if it's the only way to bring your furry pal along for the ride, it's worth it.
Motorcycle Driving Tips
As much as you can, try to keep your riding as smooth as possible. Sudden changes in direction or speed can be hard for your dog who isn't able to brace for them. You want to avoid them getting thrown forward, tossed about, or some other uncomfortable experience. Use your best defensive driving tactics to ensure a smooth ride. You can even add grip pads to your bike to help them stay more stable.
We hope you found these tips helpful! If you are looking for motorcycles for sale that can work with your dog, visit Great River Road Harley-Davidson. Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you have and give you advice on what models best suit your unique situation. Let us know what your budget is, what your riding level is, what style of riding you enjoy, and any special features you would like on your model. We can bring you some tailored suggestions that meet your needs. We are a Harley dealer proudly serve those in Moline, Quincy, and Springfield, Illinois, as well as Columbia, Missouri.