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Old 10-06-2008, 11:42 AM   #31
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hmmm, well my wife isn't interested in learning to ride nor does she want to ride pillion (some guy scared the heck out of her long before we met; mind you we'd been together for 18 years when I took up riding). She encourages me to go out and ride / travel with friends. We both have our own hobbies that keep us going, but I'm sure it would be lots of fun to take her on a tour. Having said all that, returning home safely from a ride is always cause to celebrate!!
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:45 AM   #32
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my wife does not care for two up either. she insist i ride my own bike.

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Old 10-06-2008, 12:56 PM   #33
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Because my g/f looks badass in gear. She's never ridden (though she wants to take the MSF), and if she got on a bike and we rode that way we'd be pretty limited in terrain, mileage, etc. She loves being on the back as she doesn't have to worry about the details and can just enjoy the ride.



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Old 10-06-2008, 04:55 PM   #34
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She loves being on the back as she doesn't have to worry about the details and can just enjoy the ride.
We likes Stunt Road.



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Old 10-06-2008, 05:28 PM   #35
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:30 PM   #36
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We likes Stunt Road.
Was introducted to Stunt (and the rest) by some Porsche guys who I knew online, then met in person. Then they bugged me to go to the track with my '79. Once hooked I quit canyon strafing started working on my licenses. 5 years and $70K or so later I retired from club racing and am back on 2-wheels for my fun. Much cheaper...but I just putt around in the twisties enjoying the ride rather than trying to go too fast.

Best of all the g/f loves to ride the twisties. Angeles Crest in the AM, then Malibu in the PM? No problem. 300 miles up through Hwy 33, Frazier Park, etc? No problem. Just gotta find the right woman...
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:49 PM   #37
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If you can find a lady who likes to ride her own bike and can do so competently, then that is the way to go for sure. More fun for everyone involved IMO. My current best lady friend loves to pilot her own bike. Some people just do not have the right combination of motor skills or temperment to ride a motorcyle. For them two up is the only choice. Personally, I feel a little nervous riding two up because I don't want to be responsible for maming someone, which can happen no matter how good you are.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:00 PM   #38
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I got my wife interested in riding by packing her on my bimmer, and she enjoyed it to the point of getting her own bike and greatly enjoying it, but still sometimes preferred just being the passenger, like when the weather was bad, or she just wasn't feeling up to it. I never minded having her onboard, even when we'd click helmets occasionally.

God do I miss her.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:07 PM   #39
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Personally, I feel a little nervous riding two up because I don't want to be responsible for maming someone, which can happen no matter how good you are.
I went down on the freeway with my then-g/f on the back. We got off fairly lucky, and I was pretty horrified during and afterwards about it. When I got back on the bike after 1.5 years I told the present g/f that I wasn't really interested in doing 2-up. And she saw the pictures and the scars. I gave full disclosure and she still wanted to try it...and she loved it. I suppose I could say, "no" but I think her odds are better on the back of my bike than on her own. She's probably going to take the MSF and see how it goes.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:57 PM   #40
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2-up is half the number of flat tires or other bike breakdowns (but you do lose the ability of one of you to ride for help)

The odds of two riders wanting to ride the same speed is pretty low.

It eliminates the problem of one person getting separated in traffic.

+1 to what Eyes Shut said, who has spent about 40,000 miles on the back of my bike (and who has a motorcycle license and had her own motorcycle, but didn't like riding it as much as riding pillion). Before we took up motorcycling, we spent about > 25 years on tandem bicycles together, so it was pretty natural for us to ride 2-up.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:05 PM   #41
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I like riding two up for the alternating chest and backrubs while driving thru some pretty cool roads. That and the way she hangs on tighter when we do some twisties
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:26 PM   #42
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Because once in a while you experience something on a ride, wish you had someone to share it with, and tire of the glazed expressions when you try and tell your riding story to someone else.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:56 PM   #43
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I got my wife interested in riding by packing her on my bimmer, and she enjoyed it to the point of getting her own bike and greatly enjoying it, but still sometimes preferred just being the passenger, like when the weather was bad, or she just wasn't feeling up to it. I never minded having her onboard, even when we'd click helmets occasionally.

God do I miss her.
Your post is touching and very well worded. What happened if you don't mind sharing?
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:45 PM   #44
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fair enough. i just don't understand how someone would be willing to ride pillion and not want to rider their own bike instead. i guess part of it comes from the fact that the one time i rode pillion (as a teenager) i was scared shitless.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:16 PM   #45
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Last week, I saw two guys riding one of those Can-Am Spyders. Maybe it was the gear they were wearing, but it immediately made me think of Ace & Gary the ambiguously gay duo on SNL.


RedShark, my wife is constantly "clicking" helmets with me. I was finding it bothersome, but your post has made me look at it differently. Thank you.
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