I am suspicious that the passenger does not fully get how rider needs cooperation in balance, and maybe she got off center somehow. The bike felt extremely heavy and I fought to try to keep it upright, but the sheer weight pulled us right over to the right...
I think MAYBE could have salvaged the situation, if it was not such a long reach to the ground......
That's *all* it takes, man. I know for a fact that if a heavy rider behind me had a devious spirit and wanted to lean over and bring the bike down there is not a dạmned thing in the world I could do to keep it up. Even with my 36 in. inseam (I just measured recently for some gear, I thought it was shorter because I usually wear 34x34 jeans) and my fairly strong legs, it would be impossible to keep the bike up.
I know this for a fact because, I am ashamed to admit (but I think I've shared before), first day, first hour with the bike, after riding it home and showing my wifeÖ she's taking pictures, I'm all excited. I leave for my first little test ride, but I only get a few hundred yards and think Iíve left my wallet behind, so I turn around and pull back into the driveway. My wife is still there, taking pictures. Iím all keyed upóa smiling happy fool. I go to stand the bike and as itís leaning overÖ and overÖ and overÖ I realize Iíve forgotten the kickstand! It reached the point-of-no-return *so* fast and l learned a lesson in gravity and mass and found out just how fricking (top) heavy the bike really is. I managed to keep it from dropping hard, but it was all I could do.
Iíll never forget, my wifeís face when she went to help me lift the bike. I wasnít thinking straight, was distracted and annoyed with myself and just wanted to right the back ASAP, so instead of using the proper technique to lift it by myself, we both grabbed an end and tried to liftÖ it didnít budge an inch and she looked at me and said, ďHow can it possibly weigh so much!Ē
I calmed down and got the bike up pretty quick, but it was an important lesson. The bike rides so lithely itís easy to forget just how heavy it is.