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Old 07-19-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Question New Gal to Adventure Riding Looking for Lessons Learned Guidance

Ok, so I am 90% decided on going on my first long adventure ride with my BF in September (BDRCO>KTMRallySteamboat>BDRUT) (the 10% is the job thingy). He's got the gears info under control for me and we're starting to pull it together (e.g. Shoei RF-1100 helmet, Revit jacket, and we're researching pants, boots, gloves, intercoms and everything else). My question is... I want to be the best passenger and GF on this ride for him and the fellas... so, for those who can recall their first time passengering with their BF/riding 2up with their GF - you got any tips, lessons learned, takeaways for me from your first time experiences?

*I'm 4'11" & 90 lbs, so I'm just hoping he doesn't forget I'm on the back!
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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Geez, what a lucky guy your BF is...

With your size/weight he'll hardly know you're there (while riding, that is a good thing).

And your attitude, well, he's one lucky guy.

When you do the trip, don't forget to take (and post) LOTS of photos! (Maybe just one of him, more of the bike and LOTS of you! :) )


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Ok, so I am 90% decided on going on my first long adventure ride with my BF in September (BDRCO>KTMRallySteamboat>BDRUT) (the 10% is the job thingy). He's got the gears info under control for me and we're starting to pull it together (e.g. Shoei RF-1100 helmet, Revit jacket, and we're researching pants, boots, gloves, intercoms and everything else). My question is... I want to be the best passenger and GF on this ride for him and the fellas... so, for those who can recall their first time passengering with their BF/riding 2up with their GF - you got any tips, lessons learned, takeaways for me from your first time experiences?

*I'm 4'11" & 90 lbs, so I'm just hoping he doesn't forget I'm on the back!
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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I don't ride two up but I do ride with the guys a lot, so here's my few tips:

No whining or complaining! You don't want to be "that girl". Stay positive, and be sure to get your gear on quickly so you're not the one holding everyone up. Second to last is fine, but not last. Stay hydrated and stay hungry while riding. Avoid hangovers. Ride like your BF tells you to, no unnecessary wiggling if you can help it. Have fun! I guess that's about all I can think of, hopefully you'll get some more feedback. Good luck!
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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I don't know what bike you're riding, but at 4' 11" you probably won't see anything but his back. Discuss how he would like you to look past him, and get comfortable doing it. Look around as much as you can while on the road...avoid falling asleep!
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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Not to hijack Tiny's thread, but she'll be riding on the back of this bad boy. Over 2 weeks of riding through the entire COBDR and UTBDR with a weekend stop in Steamboat Springs for the 2013 KTM Rally :-) Keep the helpful tips coming fellow inmates! We still need to buy her gear if you female adventure riders have any advice on specific adventure jacket, pants, boots (waterproof), gloves, helmet, intercom, etc.

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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Easy, every 500 miles give him a reach around.
They teach it in the MSF class, it's rider safety, keeps him awake.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:20 AM   #7
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It is a quite informative and interesting thread. people can learn a lot from here
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:40 AM   #8
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Awesome!

That's a very nice looking ah ah ah bike! Good luck and stay safe......


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Old 07-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #9
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Thank you all! Keep 'em coming!

Thanks for the tips and positive reinforcements everyone. I'm super excited for this trip and am getting prepped and have ordered some dried/camping food pouches now to get used to it. I have a few camelbaks but will look into a larger but still comfy size so I maintain good hydration.

Keep the tips coming! One can never have too much info, IMHO, especially this being my fist long ride.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #10
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Great point!

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I don't ride two up but I do ride with the guys a lot, so here's my few tips:

No whining or complaining! You don't want to be "that girl". Stay positive, and be sure to get your gear on quickly so you're not the one holding everyone up. Second to last is fine, but not last. Stay hydrated and stay hungry while riding. Avoid hangovers. Ride like your BF tells you to, no unnecessary wiggling if you can help it. Have fun! I guess that's about all I can think of, hopefully you'll get some more feedback. Good luck!
Great point dsauer! I definitely DO NOT want to be "that girl". Am taking all your advice to heart and making it my mantra.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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I recommend you consider a dual-sport helmet for the better air-flow, and maybe a pair of goggles if you'll be riding in a group to help keep the dust out of your eyes.

When I've ridden off-road with my wife, she mentioned that she was standing a bit on the pegs quite frequently, e.g. whenever she saw a bump ahead. That was tiring, so you may want to make sure your leg muscles are up to it.

Finally, if you don't have them already, consider an intercom system.

Have fun!
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:22 AM   #12
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My wife and I have just got an intercom, it has made our trips 500% better
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:28 AM   #13
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Contact LittleWan (she's a member here), she rides pillion on her husband's KTM over quite a lot of stuff most people would have trouble riding solo. If anyone knows what you're getting into, its her.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #14
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Wow,your da Woman.
I'm not sure how often you have been riding as a passenger,but I need to tell you this.
When he leans into a curve on the road or trail,you MUST LEAN WITH HIM.Please DO NOT SIT UP.
That is all.
Have a great time,and take lots & lots of pictures.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:10 AM   #15
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Yes, LittleWan is a wealth of knowledge and has a ton of pillion experience. She is also about your size. I tried to PM her, but haven't received a response yet. I know she modified her passenger pegs in some fashion to give her better grip.
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