Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Newbury Park, CA
Before I put my wife on the back of my Goldwing, I borrowed 3 cartons of Vinyl Composition Floor Tile from my office. (we sell it). You could substitute anything heavy and dense) They weigh about 50 pounds each. I tied them down on the back seat, and I RODE! Fast, Slow, Turns, Straight, Up Hill, Down Hill, Side Hill, twisties, Reverse. I did it all. Then I was confident the I could handle this big bike with an extra 150 pounds. Then and only then did I put her on the bike, and the rest is history!
I've dropped it twice with her on the back. Once I wound up in the brush along side the road, because I was in too high a gear and couldn't pull out of the turn, up hill. Now I make sure that I am in the right gear (erring on the low side) long before I need it. The second drop was in a big hotel parking structure, with hills, drainage gullies, and complicated signs. I stopped on a side hill to read a sign and down it went. I'm always a little surprised at how far you have to lean UPhill on a side hill stop.
Fortunately, both drops were at VERY slow speed, more like ZERO speed, and there was no damage to anything but my ego. And she wasn't scared off. She must love me or the motorcycle, hopefully both.