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I had a short ride with my 18 year old daughter on back for the first time today. And it wasn't just the first time since buying my Wing. THE first time ever!

My wife has a fear of motorcycles and threatened divorce if I took them (my 3 kids) when they were young. And it was no off the cuff, idle threat. She meant it. But now that my youngest is a senior in H.S. Make my day women!! ;)
She has been strangely silent thus far... :?

Anyway... It was a cloudy day and I only have one rain suit so I had to stick close to home. We rode down to the local Wally World and I bought me a chrome license plate frame. Afterward, we cruised around town.

All in all, it was 20-30 minute ride but I think I was grinning ear to ear the whole time. There is nothing like sharing something you love with someone you love.

It was a great day...

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Yep, there isn't much better than sharing something you love with "someone" you love.
My wife loves riding with me. Lately we haven't got the chance much.
A month or so back my oldest daughter decided to donate blood when I went to do plateletts.
First question out of her mouth was, "can we go on the bike?"
"Of course we can!!"
 

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Glad you and your daughter enjoyed the time together........:waving:







Let me ask a serious question. Was it hard to control? I don't know what size your daughter is. I have never rode two up and I want to with my wife. I feel pretty good about slow speed control with just myself, just wondering if it affected the slow speed adversly two up.... Yes this is a confession..............:(

I don't mind if I fall off and hurt myself. I just don't want the wife to be scared. She road two up with a friend couple a years ago so she is ok with the concept, maybe I should just get out there and do it......
 

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I think you just answered your own question there buddy .Just go out there and do it ! take your own time and remember it is a learning curve .

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The main thing if I remember this correctly is, tell your passenger NOT to lean away from any turn...That will straighten you up too quick???? They just need to let you do all of the leaning and set straight up behind you....Second thing sit still when coming up to a stop, don't start moving around until you have both feet on the ground.....My wife got so comfortable riding behind me on our last bike, that she would set behind me and go to sleep...I could always tell when she was going to sleep. as she would turn her head so the visor on her helmet didn't dig into my back, put her head on my back and pass out.....:shock:....Take your first ride together slow and easy, don't try to break the 0-100 land speed record....:cheeky1:.....It takes some practice to adjust to the extra weight, and after a while it becomes second nature, you don't even give it a second thought.....Charles just get your wife to ride with you for coffee and donuts at Shipley's then expand your rides....

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short trip sare the key to getting comfy with 2 up riding. i will abb my 2 cents on the passenger. have the pasenger look over your shoulder on the side of the curve, right for rights, left for left, makes you life a little easier and then can see better. taught that to my 12 and 16 year old neices and now they is the best rider you could want.
 

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short trip sare the key to getting comfy with 2 up riding. i will abb my 2 cents on the passenger. have the pasenger look over your shoulder on the side of the curve, right for rights, left for left, makes you life a little easier and then can see better. taught that to my 12 and 16 year old neices and now they is the best rider you could want.
Will have to remember that. Good advice. Yep short trips at first is a must. She see's how intense I am driving the cage around and it's double to tripple the intensity on the bike. She listens pretty good so I just need to get her on and go. Tried Saturday but she is not a morning person........ 8:00 and I'm ready to go, she is still snoring,:headbanger: shoulda gone riding without her............. Started raining at 14:00 anddidn't stop till this morning..........
 

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Myself, I don't have a lot of solo experience. It seems I've always had someone who was waiting to ride with me since the 70s.

A passenger needs to get some experience & learn a few things, like don't lean on curves or movesideways at slow speed or stops.

For some, it is instinctual to keep bike from leaning on curves... they think the bike is falling. I always tell new folks to just lean back & enjoy the ride. Except for a little extra braking time, 2up shouldn'tfeel any different than solo. Some are real naturals from the first ride.Once they are okay with the bike leaning on curves, they are pretty much ready to go.

Wings make it so easy. My wife dozes off all the time & the only way I can tell is the intercom goes quiet.

Don't tell her I said that. ;)

It's great to have someone who likes to go on 5 day rides with. :action:

 

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My wife dozes off all the time & the only way I can tell is the intercom goes quiet.

Don't tell her I said that. ;)
I'm telling!!!!! :cooldevil::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:

By the way....I do agree with everything Popeye said about two up. I ride 75% of the time two up as well.
 

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This is one of the areas the GW really shines. Mama Bear's comfort is unmatched. My biggest problem is realizing she is there. I'd say 75% of my riding has been solo. Thus, my riding 'nature' has developed, over the years, on that. I really can't tell she is back there. I find myself glancing in the rear view mirror, to make sure she is still there.

This has made for an interesting dilemma. I used to ride 'the fast lane'. I mean ride it. However, with her on the back, I must temper those old urges. Even though she enjoys a good, hard, ride. Between the two of us, I am the only one who has ever paid the price for bad decisions on a bike and I would like to keep it that way. So I am ever mindful, when we ride.

She see's most everything I do. So, at first, I kept the rides to low traffic roads and times, country, ect, no city/down town riding. So she cold get the feel for it and enjoy it. Her introduction to morons in cars would come soon enough. We hit our first (for her) tar strip. This came as a big surprise, to her. She had never experienced this before. I knew about them and never gave it a thought. So, I sat her down and talked to her about all the hazards, I could think of, that are particular to motorcycles.

I can't think of a better machine for the road. To date, the GW has served us well.
 

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I know what you mean ScooterTramp My wife really dislikes the super slab! She's always telling me to be really careful
 

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I know what you mean ScooterTramp My wife really dislikes the super slab! She's always telling me to be really careful
My problem is she likes going fast. So she is no help, to me, keeping the road beast in check. She knows when I've gone over 80, the wind pushes on her helmet. I do enplane things, to her though. At first I had trouble with first gear, at slow speeds. There is a lot of slop in the throttle and in first gear it will 'jump around' some. I've got the hang of it now. But, by explaining it to her, she was more comfortable with the fact that I knew what it was and was working on it.

Riding a GW isn't like riding my old HD, so we both had a learning curve and we shared this. I wouldn't take a long distance trip until we had logged over 8,000 miles, on it, in all kinds of weather. She is a real trooper. Never flinched once. Only time I ever 'heard' anything, from her, was when I went screaming passed the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company on our road trip through California. I was just cruising along and there is was, on the left. I figured maybe she won't notice. Wrong!
 

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A passenger needs to get some experience & learn a few things, like don't lean on curves or movesideways at slow speed or stops.

.... I always tell new folks to just lean back & enjoy the ride.
Good advice Popeye. With the Wing I find I tell people "don't think about leaning or try to lean, just sit back on the backrest and the bike and I will do the rest."



I've had passengers try and lean on the corners and that throws you off more.Remember there are several ways to "lean" in a corner. Sometimes you can lean the bike and your body remains fairly upright, other times the knee goes out and the body goes over. All comes down to the speed, turn radius, banking of the road, etc, etc. Isn't the brain incredible to take all that info and make it soooo darn fun!
 

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Interesting thread. I bought my 1500 (as opposed to a 1200) with the idea that my wife would eventually be riding with me. I took it on a 1500 mile trip recently, and figure I am now ready to have her aboard. 99.9% of my riding has been solo, so I admint I am nervous about it. Appreciate the good advice in this thread.
 

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...I took my wife on a day trip this summer (her first motorcycle ride ever), and she said:
"I hate to admit it, but it´s fun!"
...we´ll be doing more two up next season...;)
 

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Me and my wife have been maried for 37 years now and she has never rode with me,she just wont ride on a bike at all,but she has never said anything when i ride one of the kids or one of the grandkids and belive me there is a lot of them ,five kids and 15 grandkids.But now, two of my boys and one daughter and two grandson ride ther own bikes and three soninlaws .And when we ride togather we all end up rideing two up.
 
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