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Old 07-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #16
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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.
Thanks, tjzondrz! I've ridden once with him before on his 990 and I've also been on the back of a couple of road bikes many many years ago. I definitely will lean WITH him if I go. :-)
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:23 PM   #17
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A faulty Intercom is best that way when either one of you decide you've had enough "did you see thats?" you switch it off and say "faulty intercom"

I have had a pillion a lot on sportsbikes and sports tourers and I want a pillion of your size to stay neutral, to go with me but not lean more than me.

You have to realize the rider is riding and you are along for the ride he is making alot of subtle inputs in corners and traffic to keeping you both alive. Trust him. Relax and dont add your 2c into each corner just enjoy the ride

oh and be a willing bum massager when numb bum sets in

PS I told a girl I trusted to take the throttle for me(my throttle hand would go numb on long distances) then I asked her to hold it wide open as much as she dared on my R1 in Germany the speedo stopped before she did!! 180MPH! so have fum your going to enjoy yourselves
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #18
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Buy her her own bike?
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #19
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Buy her her own bike?
That was my initial thought too, but there's only about 4-6 weeks till their trip. That probably IS enough time for practice, IF she's dedicated, but she'd need to find a 250 thumper in good shape and probably lower it.

Still, if he was going to carry all their gear anyway, she should be able to keep up on any small bike...as long as they keep it down to the speed limit. Speeding tix in Nevada are expensive anyway.

It's easier to ride rough dirt roads than be a passenger on them.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:34 PM   #20
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Thanks, tjzondrz! I've ridden once with him before on his 990 and I've also been on the back of a couple of road bikes many many years ago. I definitely will lean WITH him if I go. :-)
Riding is not like sitting in a car. If you are not used to it, you are going to be miserable trying to ride for 2 weeks straight if the plan is to put down any decent mileage. He is used to it, you are not. This is a horrible idea. You should start practicing now so that when you go on the trip it won't be so miserable.

The above advice is for paved roads, and it goes double for dirt roads. Do some proper 2-up rides now to build up your endurance and to work out the kinks. Do not wait.

Intercoms/communicators are going to make things a lot better. Everyone that tries them seems to love them, including myself.

A proper meal and some small creature comforts will go a long way to happily close out a long day of riding. Some proper food over fire can go a long way to set a great atmosphere, IMO. I would skip the food pouches stuff, if possible.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #21
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Riding is not like sitting in a car. If you are not used to it, you are going to be miserable trying to ride for 2 weeks straight if the plan is to put down any decent mileage. He is used to it, you are not. This is a horrible idea. You should start practicing now so that when you go on the trip it won't be so miserable.

The above advice is for paved roads, and it goes double for dirt roads. Do some proper 2-up rides now to build up your endurance and to work out the kinks. Do not wait.
Best advice yet!
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:14 AM   #22
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A really, really good girlfriend would learn how to ride a bike and go along as a fellow rider instead of a passenger.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:11 AM   #23
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My wife has her own bike and rides it very well.

The problem is that sometimes I miss having my wife on the back of the bike.

And sometimes I don't.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:59 AM   #24
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I've never been a passenger, but I ride with one a lot. My advice would be:
- stop every 100-150 miles for water, whether you think you need it or not
- remember to lean against the turn in that gas station parking lot, which sounds obvious but 150 miles of pavement without stopping will make you forget
- don't lean too much of your weight against his back for too long a period of time, because he can't shift that weight to his butt, it has to get transferred to the bike through his arms.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #25
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New bike = new discussion

Thanks all! While I would love to get my own bike, at 4'11" and 90 lbs, I'm somewhat limited (for now) as to the type of bike available for me. I know I can find some smaller dirt bikes out there, but not something suitable for a 2 week long adventure ride. This would require more research, trial runs and time which I don't have. So I'll save that discussion for another time. Stay tuned on that...
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:31 PM   #26
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A faulty Intercom is best that way when either one of you decide you've had enough "did you see thats?" you switch it off and say "faulty intercom"

I have had a pillion a lot on sportsbikes and sports tourers and I want a pillion of your size to stay neutral, to go with me but not lean more than me.

You have to realize the rider is riding and you are along for the ride he is making alot of subtle inputs in corners and traffic to keeping you both alive. Trust him. Relax and dont add your 2c into each corner just enjoy the ride

oh and be a willing bum massager when numb bum sets in

PS I told a girl I trusted to take the throttle for me(my throttle hand would go numb on long distances) then I asked her to hold it wide open as much as she dared on my R1 in Germany the speedo stopped before she did!! 180MPH! so have fum your going to enjoy yourselves
Noted. Thanks, ShaneBaby! We got the Sena SMH10 Intercom system and have it all paired up to our phones, set in our helmets and ready to go. The sound quality is amazing!
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:33 PM   #27
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I've never been a passenger, but I ride with one a lot. My advice would be:
- stop every 100-150 miles for water, whether you think you need it or not
- remember to lean against the turn in that gas station parking lot, which sounds obvious but 150 miles of pavement without stopping will make you forget
- don't lean too much of your weight against his back for too long a period of time, because he can't shift that weight to his butt, it has to get transferred to the bike through his arms.
Got it. Thanks, ChildlikeWonder! And we'll definitely be hydrating well!
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #28
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Got the SHOEI RF-1100 helmet (XXS) and will be wearing this a lot this month prior to the Sept ride. This was recommended to me for my size, type of riding, as a passenger, comfort and fit the shape of my head best. I thought the cost was fair. Bonus - it has recesses at the ears for speakers! This is coming in handy as I am not bothered at all by the intercom system my BF just bought and installed! Will provide a review after Sept ride.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #29
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.......I want a pillion of your size to stay neutral, to go with me but not lean more than me.......
^^^ This...
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:46 PM   #30
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Got the Fox Comp5 - had to get a Youth size 5 as I have small feet and no women's size 5 available when I purchased. These are comfortable as soon as I put them on and I feel protected. Will be wearing these around the house as well this month. Will provide an update review after the Sept ride.
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