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Postby Bbwelder » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:09 am

While teaching my wife to ride on roadways should I lead or follow.
She already rides well off road. Thanks

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Re: opinions

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:37 am

I taught my wife to ride last year, and have always followed her, for three reasons:

- We ride at her pace, not mine - she won't attempt to push past her skill level in order to keep up with what I might consider a "normal" pace
- If something happens to her, I know instantly - I won't look in my mirrors, notice she's not there, and have to go back and hunt for her
- I can see things she might be doing wrong, and help her correct them

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Postby seabee_ » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:59 am

+1 with WingAdmin. New rider in front to watch and set the pace.
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Postby Bbwelder » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:32 am

Thanks that's what I've done in the past but I now ride with some folks that think new riders should ride in the rear. Made no sense to me

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Postby dingdong » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:54 pm

If riding in a group the experienced riders should always be in the "lead" and "sweep" rear. Inexperienced riders should be immediately following the leader. That way he can watch behind and set the pace. If it is just you and the wife she should be in front. Either way she should be directly in front of you. If other riders want it some other way let them ride in their own group or don't ride with them. I have pulled out of a couple of group rides because someone wanted to "ride at their pace" instead of the slower group pace.

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Postby WA9FWT » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:21 am

I agree that the wife should be in front of you,so you can watch what she is doing. As for group ridding,I stay away
from group ridding,I like to travel at my own pace.I travel with my brother in law,and the first time I went across state with him I told him to make sure we take the back roads and that we stay away from the State High-Ways.

70 and 75 MPH I do not enjoy any more,but prefer 60,65 so I can enjoy the scenery. I can tell you he slowed down just for this old rider, which was great.


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Postby crock4 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:46 pm

I'm with you Phil I prefer backroads at a slower pace also. As for where your wife should ride I like mine on the seat behind me. It's nice to have something soft to lean back on.... :lol: :lol:
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Re: opinions

Postby thrasherg » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:37 pm

Some learners like to follow as they can see and follow the lines of the more experienced rider (Requires less thought by the begginer) but I like to let them lead for all the reasons stated by WingAdmin..


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Re: opinions

Postby Blackngold » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:17 pm

GREAT advise from all unless your riding w/Harleys. Definitely want to be in front so you can avoid oil droplets and flying loose parts :lol:

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Re: opinions

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:25 pm

Blackngold wrote:GREAT advise from all unless your riding w/Harleys. Definitely want to be in front so you can avoid oil droplets and flying loose parts :lol:

For me it's the noise. Being behind a Harley is brutal.

But on subject - learner leads.

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