A situation I’m sure every motorcycle rider is always scared to come across is seeing someone they don’t know sitting on their motorcycle. This kind of situation is scary because the person sitting on the motorcycle might be planning a theft or might even be a gang leader. And a lot of people don’t know how to handle a situation like this.
So, what should I do if someone is sitting on my motorcycle? The first thing you need to do when you see a stranger sitting on your motorcycle is to ask him/her politely to get off the seat of your motorcycle because in most cases, the stranger may just want to take a photo with your motorcycle, and it is your choice to allow him/her or not. But in cases where the stranger does not get off your seat, the best solution is to try to call the police and not confront him/her.
So many different cases can happen to you and be sure that you will at least once in your life experience a situation where someone is sitting on your motorcycle without your permission or just standing very close to your motorcycle. So, you have to learn how to handle such a situation because, honestly, it can be very dangerous.
There are instances where a lot of motorcyclists get involved in gangs and small missions that lead to murder, and I personally know a lot of cases people got involved in and die. So, you must learn what to do in cases like this because, believe me, you are surrounded by people who would like to touch or sit on your motorcycle without your permission.
In this guide, I will show you what to do and how to act in cases where a stranger sits on your motorcycle. I will also tell you if at all it is legal and which people you are most likely to meet and how to handle them.
So, let’s get started.
Which types of people most likely to sit on your motorcycle & how do you deal with them?
In most cases, you will encounter good people, mostly kids who just want to snap with your motorcycle, not delusional ones. So, you have to know how to behave to them, and as previously said, it is your choice to permit them. But know that as there are good people, there are also lots of delusional ones who might just want to steal your motorcycle and won’t get off your seat no matter what.
So, I chose to sort into categories the various types of people you are going to meet who will be sitting on your motorcycle and how you should behave in front of each one of them. The categories are girls, drugged, the photo type, thieves, and a group of bad people.
Funny though, but you get the point. So, let’s start . . .
- Girls – You will be surprised to see a lot of girls sitting on motorcycles sometimes, but in most cases, they just want you to take them for a ride. So, when you see a girl or lady on your motorcycle, don’t stress that she wants to steal it, it is not so in most cases and it is your choice to give her a ride or not. In fact, that’s how some of my friends meet their girlfriend.
- Thieves – It happens a lot of times that someone will sit on your motorcycle, get down from your seat, and still turns around very close to your motorcycle, which makes you fear that he wants to steal your motorcycle. Immediately you see the person sitting on your motorcycle, I recommend that you ask him to get off your seat and while still in the vicinity of your motorcycle, check the parts of your motorcycle if not stolen and immediately take the motorcycle to other parking lots to protect your motorcycle.
- Drugged – Whenever you are at the gas station late at night, do not be surprised to meet someone who is drugged and getting on your motorcycle seat because it is very common. So, when you see a drugged person sitting on your motorcycle, you should gently manage the situation by first asking him to get off your seat and if he does not come down, call the police or ask for help from people around you, and they will be happy to help you.
- The photo type – 90 percent of the time, you will meet children or adults who just want to take a photo together with your motorcycle while it is your choice to allow them, but I personally would allow them to take a picture. Never allow if it is a gas station because, in most cases, the person sitting on your motorcycle intends to steal your motorcycle from you.
- A group of bad people –This barely happens, but if you see some gang or group of people sitting down or playing with your motorcycle, first tell them to get off your motorcycle, and if they refuse, do not confront them because one of them may be holding a knife or gun to attack you. So, in this kind of scenario, call the police immediately to take care of them. If they ask for your key to start your motorcycle, don’t endanger your life by arguing with them, give them instead but call the police immediately to find them and return your motorcycle to you.
It is important that you recognize each person and know how to deal with the individual when he/she does not come down from your seat. Trust me, if you ask politely, whoever sitting on your motorcycle will surely get off your seat. Don’t be nervous, and always call the police if necessary to help you.
How to manage a situation where someone sits on your motorcycle in 3 steps
Step 1. Access the person sitting on your motorcycle and ask him/her to get off your seat
Once you see a person sitting on your motorcycle, whether in a gas station, at the park or somewhere else, approach the person nicely and simply ask him/her to get off your motorcycle seat by clearly stating the following sentence:
Hey, that’s my motorcycle. Can you please get off the seat because you are sitting on my motorcycle without seeking my permission?
If you say this sentence clearly, you will see that 90 percent of the time, people will respect what you said and get off your motorcycle seat, they might even ask for a picture of the motorcycle. I also know how annoying it is when someone sits on your motorcycle, but instead of being nervous and shouting at the person sitting on your motorcycle, just control your nerves and politely ask him/her to get off your seat, and believe me, in most cases, they will.
Step 2. In case the guy got off your motorcycle but still loitering around, take your motorcycle elsewhere
Sometimes, when you politely ask the person sitting on your motorcycle to get off your seat, they did as you said but still hang around your motorcycle, which in most cases means they plan to steal your motorcycle from you. So, in this case, the first thing you should do is to transfer your motorcycle to the remote parking place while you can even take your motorcycle to your home.
Step 3. Call the police
If you ask the person to get off your motorcycle seat and the person refuses, first calm down and distance yourself from the person because you do not know if the person is holding a gun or knife and you have to be very careful. Don’t argue with him/her; just call the police immediately.
In addition, don’t call a friend or family member to help you deal with the person because you will only risk yourself and complicate the issue further, just call the police, and if you have the ability to take out a camera to snap the person and document the case, do so.
In the case where the person attempts to attack and hurt you, it is okay to defend yourself and fight with him, but only do that after you call the police. You will even see after that there will be some people to separate you.
In general, these are the 3 steps you will need to take to get along well with someone sitting on your motorcycle while it is important to distance yourself from the person rather than confronting them. Also, if you decide to allow someone to take a photo with your motorcycle, make sure you lock your engine.
Can I sit on someone else’s motorcycle?
A lot of people think that because motorcycles are bare and have no protection of windows and doors like a car, they can just touch them anyhow and from all directions while there are even parents who let their child sit on a motorcycle without the permission of the motorcycle rider.
So, do not sit or touch someone else’s motorcycle without his/her permission as it is illegal in most states and it also does not respect the rider. You can even damage the motorcycle in the end, where you will have to pay for the damage you caused, so don’t touch someone’s motorcycle.
Here are all the reasons why you shouldn’t touch someone else’s motorcycle:
- You can do damage to the motorcycle– Motorcycles are very delicate which means that by touching them, you have a very good chance of doing them damage from the smallest things such as a scratch or anything else that the motorcycle rider will easily notice. There are even chances that the owner might be watching you and will make sure you pay for the damage you caused.
- You can accidentally trigger the alarm – A lot of motorcycles today have an alarm installed in them which means that as soon as you touch the alarm of the motorcycle, the motorcycle will make a very annoying noise, which of course will tell the motorcyclist that you have touched it.
- Chance to injure yourself – If you touch a motorcycle immediately after a minute or two minutes that the motorcyclist finishes the ride, you have the chance of touching the exhaust or hot engine which will hurt you.
- It’s disrespectful – Sitting on someone else’s motorcycle without his/her permission is really disrespectful. It may seem like a small one, but it is very touching and annoying that it can lead to a conflict between you and the motorcyclist. So, don’t touch or sit on a motorcycle that is not yours.
What to do if the person sitting on your motorcycle does damage to it?
There are cases where the person sitting on your motorcycle accidentally does some damage to it. Sometimes, it may be very large damage such as a broken part or a smaller one such as a small scratch. But first of all, I wouldn’t recommend that you confront the person who did the damage but rather consult your insurance company or the manufacturer’s warranty and let them handle it while if your insurance and warranty do not cover the damage caused to the motorcycle, then ask the person who did the damage to pay. But if the person refuses, sue him/her to court, especially if it is very big damage.
What is the probability that someone will sit on my motorcycle?
The probability that a stranger will come and sit on your motorcycle is low because most people will respect your motorcycle and it really does happen in very rare cases. But if your motorcycle looks good, new, expensive and with an impressive design, don’t be surprised that a lot of people would like to touch and snap with your motorcycle.
If you have an expensive and impressive motorcycle, buy it a safety system that includes an alarm and lock system and be very careful with it. And most importantly, be ready to approach people because they will touch the motorcycle.
Here are some steps you can take to lower the chance that people will touch your motorcycle:
- Don’t leave your motorcycle alone
- Always park in the garage or put your motorcycle inside your home
- Install an alarm
- Always lock your motorcycle
- Paste a sign on your motorcycle that says, ‘do not to touch this motorcycle.’
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