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Old 11-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone

I'm newly married and since we got hitched I didn't have a car. (not a good driving record; insurance very high). My wife has the car and she was driving me everywhere and picking me up. (It did a major number on my manhood). I started doing my research and motorcycle insurance is cheaper than i expected. My wife wouldn't even entertain the idea of it. So i told her about the MSF class and she liked it. I passed the class no problem and i felt really comfortable on bikes. (i've ridden before but never to commute or anything like that). Got my license and started shopping around. I really like the look of Triumph. I bought a 2013 Thruxton and I absolutely love it. I got really comfortable on it and offered to take my wife for a ride she was nervous and honestly so was i but when we were off and going she fell in love with the feeling of riding on it!! to me it was a good feeling too. i think it even improved our marriage lol! she went from being nervous everytime i leave for work to wishing me a nice ride theres nothing like that!!
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Good for you, and your wife too!
My wife was a hard sell on motorcycles but after riding as my passenger has really taken to it.
She logs about 15-20K miles a year as my partner.
You are both about to begin on what should be a long and happy journey on 2 wheels.
Ride hard, ride long, ride often, and ride safe.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good for you, and your wife too!
My wife was a hard sell on motorcycles but after riding as my passenger has really taken to it.
She logs about 15-20K miles a year as my partner. . . .

seriously?! 15-20K miles as a passenger? She must ride with you 45 minutes to an hour every day or be on the back for 3 or 4 trips of 4K each or more. Do y'all do anything other than ride; like work, eat sleep?
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seriously?! 15-20K miles as a passenger? She must ride with you 45 minutes to an hour every day or be on the back for 3 or 4 trips of 4K each or more. Do y'all do anything other than ride; like work, eat sleep?
What's sleep?

My solo commuting miles don't add up to much so for the most part if I'm riding, she's with me. We do a handful of big trips each year. Our Coloroado trip alone was over 5,300 miles.
It adds up fast.

And we ain't even retired yet. That darn work thing gets in the way.
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lucky you

When my wife and I first met in 2001, she had never even been on a motorcycle (at age 43). I took her on her first ride and she was hooked; (for a while) but then got bored with it after about 6 years and has hardley been on the bike since then. I even got her one of her own in 2004 but she only put about a 1000 miles on it and quit.

However, when she was riding, our vacations were on the bike at around 1500 to 2500 miles at a time. I guess she averaged about 5K a year as pillion back then.

You do anything special to keep her enthused? If so, I need your secret.
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Congrats...finding a wife that enjoys riding is a great thing....I have taken the Mrs..all over..from Nova Scotia to all over the western US...she has even asked to do the next four corners ride with me...it has definitely been a big plus for our relationship.....ride safe and enjoy it.....
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When my wife and I first met in 2001, she had never even been on a motorcycle (at age 43). I took her on her first ride and she was hooked; (for a while) but then got bored with it after about 6 years and has hardley been on the bike since then. I even got her one of her own in 2004 but she only put about a 1000 miles on it and quit.

However, when she was riding, our vacations were on the bike at around 1500 to 2500 miles at a time. I guess she averaged about 5K a year as pillion back then.

You do anything special to keep her enthused? If so, I need your secret.
You bet.
I got my MC license late in November 2005 and put my wife on the back of the Speedmaster in early 2006. OK, she was kicking and screaming, but I still made her get on! Turns out she learned to love riding pretty quickly. Even after a left-turning cager crashed us and shattered my wife's clavicle and broke her hand, she was back on the bike the minute the doctor gave her clearance to do so.

I'm lucky in that we share a lot of the same interests, even on 2 wheels. We like to ride fun backroads with beautiful scenery, stop at interesting sightseeing spots, enjoy nice meals along the way and spend the night at clean and comfortable hotels each night. We hate the boredom and monotony of interstate highway riding and avoid it like the plague.

I put a lot of effort into planning our weekend rides and extended road trips, always keeping her enjoyment of the ride in mind. I've racked up over 108,000 miles on 2 wheels in the past seven years, and I'm guessing she has been with me for at least 90,000 of those miles.

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wowzers. I feel like I'm reading my own story there (I've logged over 280K miles since April of 2000), except that she lost interest after a few years. We met through a common interest in photography and I too, am fanatical about avoiding the boredom of the interstates while seeking out the most fun and scenic backroads.

I'm currently trying to re-ignite the fire through the photography angle; and my excitement about the new Trophy being released for 2013. She is starting to show a teeeeeeeny bit of interest again, but I suspect I have a huge challenge ahead of me to get back to the point we were from 2001 to about 2007 when she may have seen 30K from the back seat.

Another couple of things working in my favor are her neice and her best friend are getting into biking. The neice rides behind her boyfriend and the best friend has her own bike. That, and her older sister is now dating a guy who is somewhat interested in getting another bike after being without for over twenty years. Lastly, one of her cousins and her older brother have both been talking about starting riding again after about a 3 year break each.
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