If you're going to travel on a motorcycle with your pet, you're going to need a motorcycle pet carrier. (Creative name, right?) There are a lot of them out there, and some not only work better than others, they're also much safer for you and your pet.
Some motorcycle pet carriers attach to your chest or are held tight to your body with straps. The problem with these is that animals don't tend to stay still while traveling, and the straps loosen as your pet moves around. It's easy to see how this would become a distraction to you as the driver. Most likely, these types of carriers aren't very comfortable either. They have a tendency to get very hot against your body [source: Majon].
Another popular pet carrier is a bag that attaches to your motorcycle and secures your pet on a leash in front of you, usually between your knees. This type of carrier allows your pet to stand up, which is okay for parades and other times when you'll be traveling slowly. But it's clearly not safe at high speeds. Your pet could easily lose its footing and slip. It also allows your pet too much freedom to move around, which can be distracting and put you, your pet and other drivers in danger.
Sturdy pet crates are really the only safe option for you and your pet. The crate you choose should have a good protective covering and should mount securely to your motorcycle. A crate that can't withstand a severe impact with the pavement isn't a good crate. You'll also want to inspect the interior of the crate carefully. There shouldn't be any screws or sharp objects inside that could injure your pet [source: Majon].
There are two more factors to consider when purchasing a pet carrier. Keep the size of your pet in mind. The crate should provide room for your pet to move around comfortably and give it proper ventilation.
If you keep all these things in mind when you go to purchase a pet carrier for your motorcycle, it should be a quick and painless experience.