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Old 03-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #31
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I do ride with my wife who is new to riding. She got her XT225 from Santa this year. It's funny how it works. I prefer she ride in front for two major reasons:

1. I want her to set her own pace - ride her own ride and go where she wants to go.
2. I want to keep my I on her. If she has any kind of trouble I will see it before she prolly does..

But she wants to follow for completely different reasons:

1. She doesn't want me to watch her every move followed by "Today's Lesson"
2. She wants me to pick the line.
3. She wants to see what I do and how I do it and emulate what is in front of her.

So, we take turns. On the trails, I lead so she can follow my line
on the fire roads she leads so she can set the pace and pick the trails we ride.

We haven't spent much time on pavement yet because I don't think she's ready. She is itching to ride on the road - but she will have to wait until I give her the OK.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:01 PM   #32
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:08 AM   #33
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Could someone please tell me and my wife what hand signals you use.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:12 PM   #34
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Could someone please tell me and my wife what hand signals you use.

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she watches thru her mirrors

my blinker when we need to turn

on open rd put my left blinker on

to let faster traffic past

opening and closing hand blinker left on

circle hand over head radar/police/slow down

never tell her to go faster

hand pretending to drink, coffee/feed/break do you want a rest

she nods or shakes her head

also put arm out left or right to tell her turn

probably other ones we do

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:25 PM   #35
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:41 AM   #36
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>"Could someone please tell me and my wife what hand signals you use."

I think JoMamma has a thread on that. Think it's 'kinky' or some such name.
It is usually a 'safe word' though, not many hand signals.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:54 PM   #37
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Could someone please tell me and my wife what hand signals you use.

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These work pretty well, and we add the drink signal for a rest stop. But my wife likes the last one best.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #38
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Hand Signals - how they become a CB or other voice system

We used to point to the gas tank for everything. Once shortly after a fill up and a large bottle of water I needed a quick rest stop.ASAP

I was unable to explain that I needed to stop again with the pointing to gas tank signal - we had after all just filled up. So....

In desperation I pointed to my crotch. She looked at me, shook her head and accelerated away

I quickly moved into the lead and lead us off at the first rest area.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #39
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Hand Signals - how they become a CB or other voice system

We used to point to the gas tank for everything. Once shortly after a fill up and a large bottle of water I needed a quick rest stop.ASAP

I was unable to explain that I needed to stop again with the pointing to gas tank signal - we had after all just filled up. So....

In desperation I pointed to my crotch. She looked at me, shook her head and accelerated away

I quickly moved into the lead and lead us off at the first rest area.
yep

that's why we have comms

better communication

but spoils the fun as above

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #40
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My wife's a better rider than I am.

She has taught all the rider safety courses for years. She has thousands of more miles than I do.

When we ride, she usually follows. I pay more attention to my lines, etc. knowing she is behind me. When we stop, I'll ask her. "How'd I do?"

She always answers, "I'm not paying attention to you. I'm watching my own lines, etc. If I notice you do something dangerous, I'll let you know."

So far, so good.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:47 PM   #41
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My wife and I have a total 9 months experience riding combined. We use the same hand signal for leaving the blinker on as
you guys do only we Morse Code 'dumb ass' to each other. I usually lead because I planned the route and know where we are going.

We ride our own ride together.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #42
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My wife and I have a total 9 months experience riding combined.

We ride our own ride together.
Oh wow..
That's awesome! Please be safe.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:23 PM   #43
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We ride together when we can, and have Scala G4s so we can talk. Sometimes we do, sometimes it's just warning of riding hazards. But riding with her adds a whole new dimension to an already great relationship. Did I tell you she's good looking and likes to shoot, camp, and drink beer too?


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Old 04-07-2013, 06:13 PM   #44
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Adding another woman's view-
When I was single I wouldn't consider dating a guy who didn't ride. When dating I liked the guy to lead so I could assess his riding skills. I also didn't feel comfortable with an 'unknown' riding behind me.

Strap and I have been riding together now for about three years. He says I'm a better rider, but I know I just ride closer to the edge sometimes. He's much more conservative and rides well within his very skilled comfort zone.

I had been riding for quite a few years in all sorts of group and solo situations. Long rides, short rides, you name it, I was game for any kind of street or track riding.

With that as background: I almost always lead. Strap is more comfortable sweeping in any group whether it's just us two or some friends join us. Because I had a lot of experience riding in groups I had formed some impressions of what a 'good leader' looked out for.

We have the Scala G4s and find them indispensable. Strap was just reminding me of the time a bee got into his jacket. There are no hand/arm signals other than passing quickly to let the other rider know what is going on. When you are cruising along at 5-10 over the limit it's risking a ticket or sometimes just not practical to buzz by.

We also enjoy each other's company very much. So many times there will be a beautiful overlook or just that sudden pretty or interesting something you want to point out. By the end of a ride you've either forgotten to mention it or the other person didn't notice it and missed an opportunity to see something cool.

More to the point of the original post though:
There are loads of wonderful suggestions from other posts, but I want to ask some thoughtful questions for you to ponder.

How long has your wife been riding?
How confident is she in her riding skills?
Does she take criticism well in other situations?
Do you tend to have conflict in your marriage in general?
How much group riding experience does she have? (If the answer is either not much or none how the heck can you expect her to know the rules of leading??)
If you expect her to learn a skill, such as leading, please don't just throw her into the deep end of the pool and then tell her how her form was lacking.

I wish you both many happy years of riding!
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:52 AM   #45
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We ride together when we can, and have Scala G4s so we can talk. Sometimes we do, sometimes it's just warning of riding hazards. But riding with her adds a whole new dimension to an already great relationship. Did I tell you she's good looking and likes to shoot, camp, and drink beer too?


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Sounds just like my wife! Everyone should be so lucky! :)
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