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post #11 of 20 Old 10-19-2018, 11:40 AM
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When I met my wife over 10 years ago I was impressed that she drove a stick shift. While dating she loved riding as a passenger and I was happy to share my hobby with her. We once went down when a farmer lost a load of straw in front of us, halfway to our destination on the other side of the state. We got some road rash, but other than that we were OK. Any sane woman would have said "leave me here and pick me up in your car," but she wanted to press on (One of the many moments I fell in love with her again). The next summer she got her endorsement and she now rides next to me, instead of behind me. I have a few vintage bikes and I restored a 1975 CB750 for her. See picture below, she worked with an airbrush artist designing a Japanese Cherry Blossom look. We did some touring 2-up on a Honda Valkyrie, but she wanted to ride on her own. I wasn't too keen on touring on 40 year old bikes, so we sold the Valkyrie and bought a couple of V-Stroms. We have really enjoyed them and have took a few long distance camping trips, including a 1400 mile trip around Lake Huron this summer. We look forward to doing the rest of the great lakes in summer to come.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-24-2018, 12:02 AM
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I met my partner GotaV2 on the way to our 2012 Annual Gathering, since then we have travelled constantly together.

We now both ride the 2014 Vee

We enjoy our trips and expanded our fleet to include 2 DR650's so we could explore more.

My son had a DRZ400 and now rides a Victory 8 ball and comes on day rides occasionally & my daughter comes as a pillion occasionally as well.

I have had some people think it was weird that we travelled everywhere together not sure why think they like to get out on their own maybe.

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post #13 of 20 Old 12-29-2018, 02:34 AM
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my wife rides with me all of the time now. until 3 years ago it was only on our annual 15-17 day camping vacations because she worked weekends & i didn't. since 08 we have about 100,000 miles together. now we ride every weekend we can here in denver, sometimes 50 miles, sometimes 3 or 4 hundred miles. she often thinks about getting her own bike but then she talks about all the scenery she would miss if she had to pay attention! sometimes i hear her back there just singing away, watching the world go by. i'm truly lucky. Jeff
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post #14 of 20 Old 01-01-2019, 05:23 PM
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I'm a bit jealous of all who have a partner who will ride with them. My wife was on the back of my scoot for about 5 minutes. She was a walk-on on the ferry to Vancouver Island, and I rode on and we rode together to her parents place; a massive 5 minutes. And no interest at all in getting on again. I even offered helmets and jackets and other fashion accessories but no dice.

Oh well. I guess that means that unless I find other riding friends, I can go where I want, when I want. No debates about the route or destination or stops, but nothing new shared, either.

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post #15 of 20 Old 01-01-2019, 05:41 PM
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The wife will ride occasionally and seems to enjoy it but she will not get in small airplanes much less our homebuilt I used to have. I was amazed she got into a helicopter a few times, and two planes and a helicopter in Alaska. She is strictly a white knuckled flyer. Even an airliner in a little turbulence is bad.

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post #16 of 20 Old 01-01-2019, 09:03 PM
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I ride with my wife on the back fairly frequently during the summer. Not usually long rides. She's excellent on the bike, but doesn't like excess speed or hard cornering. When playing with other riders, we do scrape the footpegs from time to time and she's not a fan of that. I've also ridden with my son who has a 650 Gladius. He has some odd riding ideosyncracies that make me crazy but I just leave it to him and try to ignore it. My patience is wearing really thin by day 2. Whereas my wife as pillion and I can go for many days, so long as we are not camping. Even at 65 years old, she's a really good sport about it. She prefers the motorhome. Not hard to understand that. So we sometimes take the motorhome with the scooters (TaoTao 50s) on the back. Or the Strom. I think the key is to cater to the other rider or passenger. Take a deep breath and let it go, whatever it is that bugs you.
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post #17 of 20 Old 01-01-2019, 10:13 PM
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My wife rides her own, a 2016 Can Am Spyder F3L. We enjoy it when we can because she works and Im retired.
On the Beartooth Highway last July, 4 weeks after her knee replacement.

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post #18 of 20 Old 01-02-2019, 12:36 AM
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My girlfriend and I have been together for about 12 years now, and she's logged at least 80,000 miles riding pillion with me; first on the Road King, then the V-Strom, and now the Super Tenere. We've ridden all over the US together, from Interstate highways to working our way down Shafer Trail in Moab. She's an A+ passenger; if I couldn't hear her on my headset, I probably wouldn't know she was back there. I wish I could get her to learn to ride, so she could carry her own gear, but she's content with seeing the world from the pillion, and who am I to look down on a good thing? She'll spend an entire day in the saddle, in the hottest Utah weather or a downpour on the BRP, and at the end of the day you won't hear a single complaint.
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post #19 of 20 Old 01-02-2019, 02:57 AM
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My girlfriend / wife was my constant pillion from when we met in the early 80s until ~'94. We went everywhere by bike from commuting to annual holidays, all kinds of terrain and all kinds of weather. She had her own small bike for daily transport but we mainly used my big tourer for holidays. Then came kids, a car to carry them, and no bike for many years. Now I have the Glee and love it but wife is not so keen. She will join me for the odd day ride but isn't interested in touring any more. That said she is still an outstanding pillion passenger. Through any kind of manouvre you can imagine you wouldn't know she was there unless she is dozing when she tends to slump against my back.

When I got my Glee a year or so back my youngest daughter was dead keen to ride with me as pillion. Now my daughter's partner has a bike so she rides with him and we have been on a few rides with them. It is great to see the next generation continuing the family tradition. I am still trying to get my Mum on the bike - she and Dad had motorbikes and a sidecar up until the 3rd child made a car a better option - but she says at 85 she is getting too old.
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post #20 of 20 Old 01-02-2019, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Great stories from everyone Thanks to all. I have some cool old photos of my Grand mother riding a 53 Cushman
in Pennsylvania, there even is one photo of her on an 81 Yamaha when she was in her 90's.
So I guess I inherited the riding bug from that side of the family. The last bike my wife rode with me on was
My 84 Honda FT 500. I dumped her off the back going about 20 mph when I goosed the throttle in the grass.
Did not hurt her. But since then won't ride on a bike. My bad.... Having a good copilot , riding partner is a terrific
way to spend time together and see some beautiful sights that mother nature invented . Probably the best are the late day
sunsets . I have ridden from my house in Central Florida the 60 miles or so to Satellite beach Really early in the morning
to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic ocean. That is epic. You know when you see it in person , There was a creator at work
for sure. Absolutely stunning....

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saddle and counting, Yoshimura 3/4 exhaust system simmering on low in the money oven.
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