Tech Views — Vol. 6 Rear Seats

Confirming Passenger Seating Comfort


Confirming Passenger Seating Comfort

How can you keep your girlfriend happy on a long ride on the rear passenger seat? One common answer is: "Obviously, the quickest way is to improve your own riding skills!"

But is that really all you can do? With that question firmly in mind, moto-journalist Tsutomu Matsui, who always does his own riding, set out to experience the passenger's view of motorcycle riding.

The Rear Seat or Pillion = Inspected for Comfort


All riders should be concerned about the passenger's seating accommodations. What happens when a writer who has always done his own riding climbs onto the back as a passenger?

Moto-journalist Tsutomu Matsui rides motorcycles almost every day, but he's rarely ever ridden on the pillion passenger seat. This time we've asked him for his "passenger seat riding impressions." His partner in this experiment is fashion model Risa Nishimura, who both rides a motorcycle and has extensive experience as a pillion passenger as well. Well, how did this journalist, who is usually asked to provide his own in-depth riding impressions, feel as a result of his experience riding on the back of a motorcycle?

User Reviews

How do riders of motorcycles, ranging from scooters to big touring models, feel about Honda's seats? This time, we also asked the opinions of women who only ride as passengers on the pillion seat

Tsutomu 'Ben' Matsui

Tsutomu 'Ben' Matsui (b. 1963, Tokyo)

Since 1986, motorcycle journalist Tsutomu Matsui has contributed interviews, riding impressions and first-hand race reports to a host of magazines and specialty motorcycle publications. He has also ridden in the Paris-Dakar and Baja 1000 rallies.