Inventor Patents Passenger ‘Safety Grips’

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An inventor from Portland, Ore., has patented an accessory that he says would help passengers of motorcycles, ATVs and personal watercraft hold on to the operator.

Inventor service company InventHelp publicized the product, but failed to name its inventor client. outmax800refixt1

The “Safety Grips” (not to be confused with the previously released “Buddy Belt”) consist of a nylon, padded belt that is secured via hook-and-loop fasteners. Sewn into the rear of the belt would be a pair of upright handles facing the passenger. In use, the operator would adjust the belt to fit his or her waist, and the passenger grips the handles throughout the duration of the ride.

According to InventHelp, the inventor was inspired to create the Safety Grips after an off-roading trip. “We used this belt while riding quads on sand dunes at the beach, and we got a lot of positive feedback from both passengers and operators,” he said.

Lets hope the inventor was riding the ATV in the prescribed manner – in other words, not riding two-up on a single rider vehicle. Existing two-up ATVs, from BRP and Arctic Cat, come supplied with multi-position passenger grab rails and backrest.

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One Response to “Inventor Patents Passenger ‘Safety Grips’”

  1. Kevin K Says:

    The first thing that comes to mind after reading this article was “what if the passenger pulls the driver off in a turn, or if the passenger loses balance and pulls the driver off?” I think this idea is encouraging people to ride two-up on single rider designed equipment. If the quad, jet ski, etc. is designed for two, why not make the handles attach to the piece of machinery, and that way the risk of pulling drive and passenger off is reduced. Just my 2cents.

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