Does your wife-girlfriend ride?


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Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by MiWinger51 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:36 am



How many of you have a wife or girlfriend that rides their own bike alongside you? If so, what do they ride? My wife won't ride the 1200 Apsy I own but I would still like her to ride with me. I think the shifting and clutching scares her along with the weight of the bike. I've been looking at bikes and scooters that are automatics or dual transmissions I'm thinking a Honda Silverwing or a Suzuki Burgman scooter. The other possibility is something along the lines of the Honda CTX700-DCT. I want something that she can handle easily and still travel at highway speeds. Any comments or ideas?
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:45 am

Honda DN01

They work well

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Post by Viking » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:13 am

Aussie81Interstate wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:45 am
Honda DN01

They work well
They sure sell at a premium price as well. There is one advertised in Toronto, Ontario, for $8200 and it is a 2009.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:50 am

I have owned a Suzuki Burgman 650 scooter these last 6 months. It is probably the best of the super scooters and more akin to riding a motorcycle than a traditional scooter. However, it has all the advantages of a twist and go scoot and is very easy to ride, and its speed surprises a lot of other road users - especially car drivers who I assume might believe it has a little 125cc engine. It will easily keep up with a GL1500 under most traffic conditions. It has an enormous amount of storage space even without a topbox or panniers, both of which are available. The main disadvantage is the price, they are one expensive machine.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by MiWinger51 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:22 am

brettchallenger wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:50 am
I have owned a Suzuki Burgman 650 scooter these last 6 months. The main disadvantage is the price, they are one expensive machine.
I have almost decided on the Burgman 650. There are some used ones on Cycletrader that are reasonable.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:36 am

My other niggle about it is, it doesn't have cruise control. They have gone to all the bother of having a manual gear option via tabs on the handlebar, an option I am sure most riders will rarely use, but cruise would have been a more useful feature.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by MiWinger51 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:08 am

brettchallenger wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:36 am
My other niggle about it is, it doesn't have cruise control. They have gone to all the bother of having a manual gear option via tabs on the handlebar, an option I am sure most riders will rarely use, but cruise would have been a more useful feature.
That does seem short sighted on Suzuki's part but probably wouldn't bother my wife. Chances of her doing a tour with me are slim and none. I could get a throttle rocker for it.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:27 am

Anyway, my Burgman is up for sale so nip over and have a test ride. You can ride it back home.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by MiWinger51 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:14 am

brettchallenger wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:27 am
Anyway, my Burgman is up for sale so nip over and have a test ride. You can ride it back home.

Does it come with WaterWings? Lol.
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:52 am

Does it come with WaterWings? Lol.
I was in the USA a few years ago, and some young lass asked me if I had come over on the bridge!
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Post by MiWinger51 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:47 pm

That shows the sad state of education in the "colonies". Lol!
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:22 pm

That shows the sad state of education in the "colonies". Lol!

And it was in Michigan!
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Post by cyberlon » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:40 pm

For some reason, my girlfriend won't ride when my wife is around. :roll:

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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:39 pm

My wife is right beside me every time the bike leaves the garage - but she's in the sidecar, not on her own bike! :mrgreen:
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by aj1500 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:09 pm

Alan_Hepburn wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:39 pm
My wife is right beside me every time the bike leaves the garage - but she's in the sidecar, not on her own bike! :mrgreen:
HaHa I was going to say the same thing :D

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Post by detdrbuzzard » Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:00 am

my GF sold her 1500 wing and picked up an '86 1200 aspencade. she had an '86 aspencade before getting the 1500 which was a '95 aspencade. she said that she wasn't very comfortable with the weight of the 1500 wing. right now my friend is doing an alternator conversion on the '86 cause that's what she wanted done, he is also installing progressive 416 shocks along with progressive springs up front for her
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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by minimac » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:03 am

We frequently ride together. My wife is on the short side, about 5'-2". That's why I have a Majesty and a Morphous in the garage. The Majesty is better suited for overnighters and interstate travel, but she really likes the Morphous for pleasure rides. Not having to constantly think about shifting and clutching, helped her to concentrate on driving and enjoying it.

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Post by Geofd » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:22 am

my wife rode my first bike about 35
years ago she never really liked it not did she get the leaning into the turns down then years later I was in a very bad motorcycle accident when I got the goldwing she said "that's the first bike
I would consider riding" well she still hasn't ridden but its still not out of the question

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Re: Does your wife-girlfriend ride?

Post by eharshaw » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:46 am

My wife started riding for a completely different reason. While riding cross country I queried her as to what she would do if could not ride the bike when we were on a trip. (Sickness, injury etc.) I didn't seem to bother her at the time, but eventually she asked if she should take the riders class, which I heartily agree! She signed up, participated and passed with flying colors. One day while checking my bike (I keep it in a storage unit), she asked if I thought she could ride my GL1800, I replied certainly, she hopped on and the rest is history! She just completed her first long ride from our home in Southern New Jersey, to Lake George, NY, which is about 350 miles on her own PC 800. Needless to say she loved it! If your significant other is interested I would suggest that you encourage her to get the feeling of freedom that only those of us who ride understand she will appreciate it more then you know.

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Post by USArmyRET_RKSmith » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:13 am

I would like to change the audience to my daughter. Although my wife rides with me on our GL1800, she does not wish to ride alone. My daughter on the other hand is a different story. I taught my daughter the basics of riding as if she were attending the MSF Course. I did this for a year and only on the weekends where we could find an empty lot. She was properly clothed, gave me the walk through on the bike before finally sitting. She never showed up without the proper gear. She did occasionally miss a proper name of a maintenance part on the bike and she couldn't sit until she researched the data from the bike's manual. I did not tell her the right answer. She did all her learning on a Yamaha Bolt. She had a blast. After her first year of riding occasionally at the empty parking lot, I paid for her to attend an MSF Course which she excelled at. After receiving her motorcycle endorsement, I rode to Texas where she was living and we went shopping for a motorcycle. She prepared a PPT presentation 60 days prior and we talked about the pros and cons of each bike. She told me what she wanted to use it for and she did a lot of research to include motorcycle forums and watching a lot of youtube. In the end she wanted a 650cc range type of bike. She is not a little girl but rather a really strong lady. After riding all day long on 1100cc bike and smaller, I took her to the Honda dealership and she rode the Honda Stateline. She fell in love with it and within an hour, she was a brand new owner of her own 1300cc bike. She wishes she could have done this earlier. What an experience for her and I to share this "riding thing" together.

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Post by dndgentili » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:30 am

Can-Am RT-S is the way my wife went. She uses the SE6 transmission (auto-electronic) so it's easy, easy, easy. Not a cheap way to go, but we've gone. Ride safe and often!!

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Post by ReedMan71 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:13 am

The video is my wife riding her Vulcan S.

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I had a Burgman 650 that we toured on often. I will agree that it was a very competent scoot. Traded it for a 2013 F6B when they first came out and fell in love with that flat six. The wife got tired of looking at the back out my head (her words) so she took the MSF course and I bought her a Suzuki GS500e. Even with lowering links, her 5' of fiery redhead could not reach the ground safely.

So then I found a 250 Virago that someone left to waste away in a barn and enjoyed bringing it back to life. The wife fell in love with the little Yamaha and even named it Onyx. She rode that for three years and even did some overnight trips with our group of friends. She said that I would never be able to take Onyx from her and that it was the perfect bike for her.

As one who loves to find a good deal, I happened upon a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S (650cc) one day. It was Kawi green and had 600 miles on it. The price was something I couldn't pass up, so I called my wife at work and asked her to meet me to see the bike. One test ride on the Kawi and she was hooked. She loves the power and especially the sixth gear for highway travel. Therefore, I am going to recommend both the virago and the Vulcan s as good bikes for girls because of their ease of operation and their friendly delivery of power. Although, that Vulcan is a hoot to ride above 6,000 rpm...

I just recently traded the F6B for a 2016 Wing and we took our first 800 mile trip last week. Needless to say, she still doesn't like looking at the back of my head but was comfortable out and back.
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Post by jandjgoldwing » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:25 am

I sure do! In fact, she rode before me, and I agreed to learn to ride provided I didn't have to join her skydiving. Now, we're married 25 years, she has hers, I have mine, sometimes she jumps on the back of mine. It's a bond between us.

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Post by GramKate » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:12 am

I rode behind my husband on several GoldWings that we've owned, when I finally decided that I wanted to learn to ride and have my own motorcycle. At the age of 53 I got my permit, a Rebel 250, started practicing and passed the Motorcycle Safety Course on the first try. My husband made sure that I learned how to ride at slow (1st gear) speeds so that I knew how to balance the motorcycle before I got out into traffic. Once I got over my initial hesitation on the open road, I was off and riding.
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