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I know pillion is a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc.

I would like to know the word for the person sitting on pillion.

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The correct term might not be the most user friendly. Are you a casual rider or, for example, part of a cycling club? – tylerharms Dec 16 '13 at 8:23
@tylerharms no, i mean it for casual driver. – asitis Dec 16 '13 at 8:36
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Pillion is the right word for the person too. Source Wikipedia

A passenger in this seat is said to "ride pillion" or may themselves be referred to as a "pillion".

Or you can say 'pillion rider' as in these news articles


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You can certainly say that, but I don't know anyone who would understand it. – Jim Dec 16 '13 at 6:53
@Jim check additional link in answer about news articles using the term. – user13107 Dec 16 '13 at 7:10
Ah, they are all from India or other places on the far side of the world from where I live. Maybe that's a common term in some regions. It's certainly not in the U.S. – Jim Dec 16 '13 at 7:12
It's OK in the UK. – Andrew Leach Dec 16 '13 at 7:15
For the UK, 'pillion passenger' is also common. – George Stirling Dec 16 '13 at 9:39

If you're in casual conversation, you can just call them the person in back, but if you need to be technical, they can be called the

stoker, navigator, tailgunner or rear admiral.

Those words are fantastic, IMHO, but they are esoteric to most casual bike riders. Best to stick with "front/rear rider" or "person in front/back".

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"Tandem" is what I would use, as in "riding tandem".

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In the UK at least, tandem is something completely different. – Andrew Leach Dec 16 '13 at 10:09
Oh, well, I did not know that. – Urdungo Feb 2 '14 at 9:29

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