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post #6196 of 6912

Just ordered an armored jacket for ladyfriend so she can out on a ride to see if she likes it in the next month or so (post license obviously!). I have a spare openface helmet for her, though I might wear it and let her wear the full face. Both are the same size and fit her well, so that's solid. Need her to get boots/hiking boots at the very least for a trial ride around town or two.

If she enjoys it enough to want to go more, we'll likely end up getting her a full face since having a jaw is nice. 

 

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

I was on the highway within hours of getting my license.  I was 20 so I thought I was indestructible.  They only thing about highways that did (and still) concerns me are expansion joints on overpasses that run parallel to the lanes and uneven pavement

 

I'm used to watching out for those on a bicycle. Might be a bit more dicey on a motorcycle though!

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I would hold out on taking the GF out. Literally the first time I took my wife out someone almost ran us off the road. Guy just did not see us at all. Could have been really bad. I would build more confidence. 2 up is a totally different animal.... IMO it really sucks but it's still a good skill to have and def something to get into with more miles and confidence
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I would hold out on taking the GF out. Literally the first time I took my wife out someone almost ran us off the road. Guy just did not see us at all. Could have been really bad. I would build more confidence. 2 up is a totally different animal.... IMO it really sucks but it's still a good skill to have and def something to get into with more miles and confidence

 

Amen to that.

I have been riding for many years and I still don't take passengers, not because I am not confident in my riding skills but because I could not live with myself if my wife got hurt because of some reckless cager.  

post #6199 of 6912
It's also not enjoyable IMO. Bike feels like a damn boat with a pillion. Rear suspension gets thrown all out of whack. Steering is slow. Once the thrill is gone it's really not enjoyable at all.
post #6200 of 6912
Been riding 5 years now and have yet to take a passenger on.

It'll happen eventually but still.
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It's also not enjoyable IMO. Bike feels like a damn boat with a pillion. Rear suspension gets thrown all out of whack. Steering is slow. Once the thrill is gone it's really not enjoyable at all.

 

I upgraded the rear suspension on mine and I'm working on completing the GSXR front asap. She's a pretty small person in general, so it shouldn't be that detrimental. Regardless, it's just going to be for a short jaunt on a loop with pretty low traffic to see if she likes it. If she does, there's a small chance that we'll end up riding together to her house if I drop her off at the end of a weekend or something. It'll probably be on back/county roads. I'm not planning on taking turns like a maniac with her on the bike.

 

I'd likely end up riding a new route a few times by myself before taking her with me for obvious reasons.

post #6202 of 6912
If your 2 up is having problems being a good passenger tell them just to look at the back of your helmet in corners. Nothing worse than a passenger that tries to counter-lean in turns.
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My wife and I ride together fairly often, but these are usually short haul rides to the mountains, Asheville, nothing over a couple of hours. I probably would not be thinking about taking passengers until I'd been riding at least a couple of years though. I just don't think its a responsible thing to do. She's actually doing the MSF rider's course this spring and if she enjoys it, will probably get her own bike. Saturday we had a great time riding some of those twisty back roads up in East Tennessee. Harley Davidson comes back out of storage this weekend also, so feeling pretty stoked..
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

How did you guys transition to riding on the highway? I've been avoiding it, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to do it for some of the longer trips I plan on taking this year.
The first time a semi passes you, you're going to freak the fuck out.

The biggest thing is relax, dont hold the bars with a death grip.

This is all relative, too. Depends on how heavy your bike is.
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The first time a semi passes you, you're going to freak the fuck out.

The biggest thing is relax, dont hold the bars with a death grip.

This is all relative, too. Depends on how heavy your bike is.

Don't forget the first time you pass a semi too. When you suddenly come out of it's draft at 90mph is always fun.
post #6207 of 6912

Yeah, I've already had that feeling on my bicycle while riding around town at 20-25mph when a semi went by at 50 and on the motorcycle at like 60mph. 

My bike is going to handle differently once I finish working on it since it's going to have new bars, fork, rear wheel, etc. I want to get a few 100 miles on it before I take the lady out on it because I want to make sure I understand how it handles etc. I think it's going to be much more stable with the gsxr wheels, not that it was unstable before.

The SV is also pretty light and nimble in general so it will feel the draft of a truck far more than a bagger would.

 

I don't think I'm invincible and I'm honestly pretty risk averse especially when I'm with someone else. I'm not planning on trying to impress her with the bike. I just think she'll enjoy the feeling and might be up for an hour trip every now and then if I'm dropping her home. If she's not, we can always drive. If she hates it, the jacket I bought her has removable armor and she'll wear it without it. No harm no foul.


I'm entering this with the expectation that she's not going to like it, but with the hope that she might. I don't have anything riding on this and I've told her that there's absolutely no pressure for her to do it if she doesn't like it or isn't comfortable with it. 

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So close. So so so close.

 

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The first time a semi passes you, you're going to freak the fuck out.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post


Don't forget the first time you pass a semi too. When you suddenly come out of it's draft at 90mph is always fun.

 

 

 

I split 2 semis at a high rate of speed once.  

 

 

Once

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