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Old 11-06-2012, 09:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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She should wait for your nod before getting on or off the bike. If they attempt to do either without you knowing, you can easily dump it.

Otherwise, tell her she's a sack of potatoes. Just sit on the bike and be a part of it.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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One thing I did forget to add, the bike rode like a damn Caddy with her on the back.. I know the RK is a heavy bike so I don't know how much you'll notice, but it was very pleasant.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Practice with her somewhere before you get on the road.

The more she weighs the more effect she will have on the bike.

Tell her to sit still especially when moving slow and in corners and not to lean the against the turns. And to even at speed let you know before she adjusts herself. At least until you know what it feels like.

Don't forget to change pre-load on the shocks to proper weight.

Ride-Like-A-Pro says put the kickstand down for her to get on and off.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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So I want to know how you both did. Any learning curve you'd like to share. I remember riding with my wife for the first time. I'd do over again and again! Correction I do it over and over again!
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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One thing to add when backing into a parking spot etc. make her get off first makes things way easier. Almost dumped mine with OL on back when backing into a spot.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Make sure you give yourself a little more time to stop and don't be too aggressive out on the road as you don't want her freaking out on you either.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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What everyone else said. Has she ridden before? Nice smooth takeoffs, shifting and stops help as well.

You might want to let her know it is your first time. She might be easy on you!! Just a little funnin.

I say practicing around the block or a familiar surrounding first is safest.

I have ad passengers that ride like a dream and others like my wife who fidget too much. She is getting better, but likes to jam to the music as well. Tell them not to do that. Try politely at first then stop the ride if they continue. Safety first.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:28 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the info, I will keep u posted..

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:05 AM   #19 (permalink)
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And last but not least, enjoy the ride......
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Making sure my wife gets off first is always the first thing on her mind.
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