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post #1 of 24 Old 01-14-2014, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Seeking advice on learning to ride two up

I've only been riding since September 2013 and I'm starting to think about when and how to start taking my wife on the bike (2013 DL650)

So I'd like to hear about when to start riding two up. My original thought was to take stock at the six month mark to see if I was comfortable enough to have a rider at that time -- is that too early? I've had no issues and I'm very comfortable riding each day to work.

Regardless of when to start, what advice can you give me on things to look out for or to be aware of?

It's probably not PC to list my wife's weight, so let's just say it's greater than 129 lbs and less than 131 lbs. :mrgreen:
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I ride two-up 90% of the time. The first thing I would recommend is to invest in a intercom system such as a Scala Rider. That way you can communicate and tell her what to do as you ride.
I would develope a technique for mounting and dis-mounting your passenger while in the comfort of your garage.
Tell her to not do any extra leaning or adjusting her postiion while cornering.
One of the most important tips is to tell her that there will be no agrivated hitting or yelling at the driver while vehicle is in motion.

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Main thing when riding 2 up is to be smooth so the passenger has fun as well,its no fun for anyone if helemts hit or they are stuggling to hold on.Just tell your passenger when going around a curve or corner to look over the shoulder that is the same as the corner,left curve left shoulder, right curve right shoulder
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I ride two-up 90% of the time. The first thing I would recommend is to invest in a intercom system such as a Scala Rider. That way you can communicate and tell her what to do as you ride.
I would develope a technique for mounting and dis-mounting your passenger while in the comfort of your garage.
Tell her to not do any extra leaning or adjusting her postiion while cornering.
One of the most important tips is to tell her that there will be no agrivated hitting or yelling at the driver while vehicle is in motion.
Amen brother, I hate getting gouged in the ribs at about 140.
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Oh, the olden days! My wife rode horses as a kid so the feeling on a bike was very familiar to her. Having said passenger lean the same as you is a good thing. It's not the wife's weight on the bike it's how she moves it.
We got a intercom early on and it is a help. She hated my swearing and I disliked her sneezing.
I remember those days fondly though. We ended up with a sidecar rig after her first hip replacement. Dang the bad luck!
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How about her taking a beginner scooter riding class. No clutch and shifting to worry about, and she'll begin to get an understanding of the dynamics involved for cornering and braking.

I tell a first time rider to look over my shoulder in the direction we'll turn--look over my left shoulder for a left curve, etc.

Lee Parks' book Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques has an excellent chapter on high performance riding with a passenger. The rest of the book is excellent as well.

David L. Hough's Proficient Motorcycling books have info on riding with a passenger including his latest version, Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well.

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Amen brother, I hate getting gouged in the ribs at about 140.
My passenger loves the 100+ mark on the odometer however I have riding buddies whos wives are absolute ninnies and slap the hell out of them if they do anything that scares them.

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+1 on riding more conservative and smooth. Easy speed transitions. We have all seen the leather vested morons who crack the throttle off the line and slap their helmet into the passengers face (no doubt a cereal bowl helmet). My wife enjoys the ride very much. We rehearsed how to saddle up and unsaddle when stopped. I make sure I am on even solid ground, lean forward over towards the tank and have her slide on or off. Sudden stops can become hard to manage so anticipation of what is coming or looking for extra room when merging or turning into traffic is a good idea. Personally, I enjoy the silent and nonverbal forms of communication, like a little squeeze or nudge instead of the back seat verbal assault when we are in the cage.

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I ride two-up 90% of the time. The first thing I would recommend is to invest in a intercom system such as a Scala Rider. That way you can communicate and tell her what to do as you ride.
I would develope a technique for mounting and dis-mounting your passenger while in the comfort of your garage.
Tell her to not do any extra leaning or adjusting her postiion while cornering.
One of the most important tips is to tell her that there will be no agrivated hitting or yelling at the driver while vehicle is in motion.
good tips. make sure she has a comfy seat, or better yet, get her on a bike solo.
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And get her good protective gear from the get-go.

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