New Gal to Adventure Riding Looking for Lessons Learned Guidance

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by tuffenuff, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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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? :ear

    *I'm 4'11" & 90 lbs, so I'm just hoping he doesn't forget I'm on the back! :lol3
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  2. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Been here awhile

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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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  3. dsauer

    dsauer Been here awhile

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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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  4. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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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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  5. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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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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  6. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accentâ„¢

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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. :*sip*
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  7. haileywilliam

    haileywilliam Adventurer

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    It is a quite informative and interesting thread. people can learn a lot from here:clap
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  8. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  9. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks for the tips and positive reinforcements everyone. I'm super excited for this trip :clap 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. :1drink

    Keep the tips coming! One can never have too much info, IMHO, especially this being my fist long ride. :thumb
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  10. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Great point dsauer! I definitely DO NOT want to be "that girl". Am taking all your advice to heart and making it my mantra. :norton
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  11. palada

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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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    My wife and I have just got an intercom, it has made our trips 500% better
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  13. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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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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  14. tjzondrz

    tjzondrz Non-Nefarious

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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.:clap
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  15. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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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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  16. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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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. :-)
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  17. ShaneBaby

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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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  18. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Buy her her own bike? :D
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  19. JustKip

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    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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  20. Witold

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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.

    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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