George started early...he was sitting on the back of my 1977 R100 just after he came home at 8 weeks old.
He started wearing goggles early too. He now wears Rex Specs while riding,
In September of 2017 we rode from Blue River, Colorado to St. Louis, Missouri and back with my 1977 R100.
George now rides in a custom motorcycle dog tote, hand welded using 6061 aluminum tubing. This new dog tote is similar to race car roll cage that completely encompasses George. He is strapped in using a Kurgo halter and Rok Straps. And he continues to wear Rex Specs.
We mostly around in the canyons and dirt roads to west of Fort Collins. This is a stop at Pennock Pass with the rain cover on George's motorcycle dog tote.
For our second long trip , in June of 2019, we rode to South Carolina via Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Here we are loaded and ready to leave Ironhorse Motorcycle Resort and Lodge in Stecoah, NC.
What, you ask? Motorcycling with your dog? Is that safe, let alone, even possible? Why yes, it is possible. And yes, it can be accomplished with safety in mind. George and I have been riding together for just over 2 years, on two different motorcycles with two different carriers.
What are these 3 Ps? Sure, I could go with Practice, Practice, Practice – but that would be a bit redundant. Practice is a given, particularly when you are riding your motorcycle with an unconventional load. And believe me, riding with your dog as a passenger is an unconventional load. With practice, practice, practice your dog can become a cooperative and happy passenger. But it takes more than practice. In reflecting on the processes used to get George, my Australian Cattledog, safely riding my motorcycle I realize that much planning and preparation were also needed. In terms of planning, you need to start working with your dog at a young age. Preparation involves choosing the necessary equipment, carrier and dog safety equipment included, to properly prepare your motorcycle, you, and your dog for motorcycle riding. And then of course, you need to practice, practice, practice with your dog as a passenger. So, maybe is should be the 5 Ps.
But I digress…