To ride shotgun

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To ride shotgun

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:16 pm

"OK, let's get back on the road. Who wants to ride shotgun?"

- Hi everyone! "To ride shotgun" means "To ride in the front passenger seat of a car. An allusion to stage coaches in the 19th-century US, which were often protected from outlaws by someone who sat wielding a shotgun next to the driver.". Is this phrase also applied for a motorbike?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan
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Re: To ride shotgun

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:44 pm

No. A passenger on a motorbike is riding pillion or a pillion passenger (or in the US, usually just a passenger).

Incidentally, whereas riding pillion is a British English term, riding shotgun is chiefly used in North America.
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Post by trolley » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:50 pm

Steve, Erik is referring to a motorcycle passenger who is seated directly behind the operator. If you are asking about someone riding in a motorcycle side car, I suppose it could be said they are "riding shotgun" but you'd need to specify... "riding shotgun in a side car". In side car motorcycle racing, the passenger is known as "the monkey" but he is much more than just a passenger. He throws his weight from side to side to change the center of balance in order to steer through corners at high speed without flipping over.
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Re: To ride shotgun

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:57 am

Erik and trolley : Thank you both so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan
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