My wife, Louise, got us started riding again in 2004 on Burgman 650s which we rode from Calgary to Montreal in 2008 for our 25 Anniversary. *Since then we both upgraded bikes, me to an FJR and her to a VStrom DL1000.
The only time she rides pillion with me is around town for quick trips and she's kinda tired, otherwise, she's on her own bike. On longer trips she'll be on her own bike for sure.
Here's a couple of pics of her from our last trip in August 2011 ...
This one is from the Run to the Hills camping trip we made with the local VStrom group ...
She's talking about doing a solo trip from Calgary to Ontario this summer too.
And as you can see she's a redhead!