Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Just a guess that due to your wife's lighter bike & rider weight she's putting less force against the tar strips, so she has less slippage. What make & model tires do you have (new bike with Bridgestone Trailwings?--nobody's favorite) and how deep is the tread?
Have you read David L. Hough's excellent More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride? Buy it, read and re-read it, and practice his techniques. One of his points (and others make the same points) is that on poor traction go straight with no speed variation. Don't turn, don't accelerate, don't brake.
A bit off topic, but--Mr. Hough makes the point that in an emergency situation you can do only one of four things--if you try two you may go down:
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero