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Last Saturday was Deb's first ride on our new 95 Aspencade. As some of you may have been following, I bought this bike in January as a barn find in eastern New Mexico. The bike was not in running condition at the time and required some repairs to get it rode worthy and safe. Last week I had completed all the repairs and new tire replacement and it was ready for Debbie's first ride.

Our previous bikes were Maxi Scooters, a Suzuki Burgman 400 and 650, both of which we rode 2 up. Deb always complained about the wind buffeting on the scooters despite the fact that I had changed the stock windshields. And she also was uncomfortable on the wide seat on the Burgman's as it spread her hips and hurt her knees. So, I was particularly interested in her ride experience. This part of what precipitated me selling the scooters and getting a Wing.

Our plan was to ride 75 miles southwest thru the farmlands and skirt the bottom of Lake Palestine heading to our favorite place for breakfast in Edom, the Bakery. It was a cool morning with temps in the high fifties as we wore our all mesh jackets. I had charged our Scala G4 radios however was unable to pair them and we had previous problems with this system in Colorado. I plan to sell this system and find something else. Loading Deb on the bike was an easy affair as we had plenty of practice with the scooter as I stand up mounted on the bike hugging the gas tank with my thighs, bike in neutral and holding front brake. Once underway, the extra passenger weight felt good on the bike and coming up to stop signs and red lights was a smooth affair as all the weight on the bike felt low and balanced.

I embarrassed myself making a left hand turn from a 4 way stop at a busy intersection as apparently the transmission was still in 2nd gear and the bike died making the turn. I had done this a time or two before riding solo and the bike is usually forgiving and can stay going without killing the engine. The ride through the Texas country side on this cool spring morning was the best as the stock ponds were full from recent rains, the grasses were emerald green, wild flowers adorned the bar ditches and shoulders, horses and cows grazing. Deb grew up on a farm as a young girl and she was in her element. A few times at stop signs I'd flip up my modular helmet and do a gut check and ask her how the wind was for her and she said it was ok. Later I learned she was a bit chilly and probably should have added another layer starting out. I had adjusted the new Windbender windshield all the way up for her to reduce her wind buffeting and still allowed me to see over the screen. I couldn't help but feel how natural and comfortable the Wing felt with a passenger on board. These bikes truly are designed for optimal two up riding. I was fairly conservative on the speed and acceleration of the bike on her first ride experience as I really wanted her to love the ride and not feel intimidated or fearful of anything. It was an easy comfortable pace over to Edom as we arrived in about 1.5 hours and since we hadn't had anything to eat we were very hungry. Since we hadn't left the house until nearly 9am we appeared to have missed the breakfast crowd rolling in at 10:30 as we were quickly seated and served. Deb ordered her favorite, pecan waffles and I a three egg omelet with ham, hash browns, rye toast and a side order of bacon. Like I said we were starving. While we were waiting for our food I was anxious for her ride experience as I was wanting more feedback than just good. I asked Deb; "on a scale of 1-10, what was the wind buffeting for you on the scooter"? She said 7-8 and for the Wing a 3-4. That was very impressive to me and she also said that her hips and knees did not hurt from her 75 mile ride. Wow, this was such good news as I felt our new Wing had passed the test for her.

After breakfast we walked around this artsy little town and I bought Deb a pretty dress in a gift shop and we poked around a bit and looked at arts and crafts. From Edom we headed east back towards Tyler and stopped at a garden nursery, Blue Moons Garden as Deb loves plants and flowers and she was in her element there. We bought a few small plants that we could fit in the side saddlebag as she was a happy camper. From the nursery we rode back into Tyler to our favorite gourmet coffee shop, Brady's Coffee as we wanted to get a latte and Deb was hoping to see her friend there and show off our new bike. When we pulled in we were the only folks to fill the parking lot but we stayed anyway and ordered our drinks and within 30 minutes the place filled up with all our friends and Deb was just jabbering away about everything we had done that morning.

Gentlemen, if you want your lady to enjoy riding with you, remember to do stuff they like to do to like shopping, going to the nursery, getting a latte and sharing of food. They like the ride experience too but they also like to mix it up with stuff they like too. As long as I can remember my own advice here I suspect that I may have a touring buddy on future rides. The reason I know is because Deb gave me the green flag later that day to get the HF Tag along trailer for future longer rides together. Lord was that a good ride and good time together. It wasn't a real long ride as we clocked about 150 miles, and got home about 2:30pm as it was perfect for our first ride together on our new 95 Aspencade.



 

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Sounds like you and your wife had a great day Dan. Hope it's the first of many great and safe trips together.
 

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I'm glad Debi enjoyed the ride. I most impressed that your married to such a younger gal. Debi is obviously closer to my age:)
 

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I'm glad Debi enjoyed the ride. I most impressed that your married to such a younger gal. Debi is obviously closer to my age:)
Now I feel real old. Deb will be 57 this year. Me 62
 

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Now I feel real old. Deb will be 57 this year. Me 62
That was meant as a compliment to Deb....not an insult to you, my Texan friend:)
 

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Thankyou for your first ride report with the one that counts. I was a little noughty with our first ride on the wing because I told Vanessa that the pipes will drag. And there was no surprises when the pipes did drag. Vanessa did find that the wing was a lot better for her knee's and ankles. To be frank, if she was going to be in too much pain on the bike we would have to question whether she should be on a bike at all. I am not sure that she will be able to ride for a lot of years in the future, so I will make hay while the sunshines. And yes do the thing that she likes to do. In that way she has a lot to look foward to. Vanessa loves Geology. So where ever we go, that is high on the agender.
Hope you have many years of riding to gether.
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That was meant as a compliment to Deb....not an insult to you, my Texan friend:)
I knew that. At my age not much gets me out of sorts. Playing with you Phil.
 

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I knew that. At my age not much gets me out of sorts. Playing with you Phil.
Good thing....I will not be responsible for my own comments
 

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As with most wings, get the headsets and use the intercom system. Good luck on future rides as I love to take the two best ladies in my life riding! (Tammy and my Wing) P. S. we are both 51 and love to ride. She has had three bikes but prefers to ride with me!
 

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I want "You Young Fellows" to get out there with you Ladies and enjoy life.:)
Looking forward to getting Betty back on the wing soon. It's been a year and a half since she was last on, because of that Hip thing she had going on. The doctor said she should be fine, but she is concerned about the getting on and off. Anyway you all take care of those ladies.
 

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Dan,

Great ride report.

Quite a few helmets will accept the speakers and mike of the J&M headset, so perhaps you don't have to buy new helmets. I bought an old pair of helmets off of ebay that were beyond their age, but the electronics were still good. For $80 I was wired up with my existing helmets. My girl friend loves to listen to music when we ride and I plug in her MP3 on the Auz. so she likes that. Also, we enjoy eating at a local casino about 25 miles away, so that is a destination that has always been in her favor.

She and I did two up from Seattle to Phoenix and back last March. Those 500 mile days were a bit much for her when the weather was cold. When we got back, she warned me that anything over 40 miles is out! I guess I pushed it a little too hard, however, how do you do 1,400 miles? It has to be 3 days filled mostly with riding.

In order for her to indulge me for a 2 up ride, the weather has to be nice, the distance not too far and it has to include what she wants to do. Ok, then if the weather is not so good and I want to put on 300 miles in a day, then she won't want to go. :)

Then I am good to go.

I bought the wing to do two up riding. I am considering selling the wing or getting a new girl friend. :)
 

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Thankyou for your first ride report with the one that counts. I was a little noughty with our first ride on the wing because I told Vanessa that the pipes will drag. And there was no surprises when the pipes did drag.
Hi Eric, my wife hates when I scrap the floorboards with her on the bike. A matter of fact on Sunday after about the 3rd time and the back wheel having that little slip, let's just say there was a lot of [email protected] on the giving end & me on the receiving end. I had my camera going so it will be a show when I post the video. :eek:
 

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Dan,

I bought the wing to do two up riding. I am considering selling the wing or getting a new girl friend. :)
I'm happy to say not from my experiance. Keep the Wing and the wife. The alternative is much to expensive overall. :D
 

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That's great!! I can't even get my wife ON my wing, much less go for a 150 mile ride. 'I don't do motorcycles", she says. Oh well, at least I can enjoy it.
 

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Quite a few helmets will accept the speakers and mike of the J&M headset

Thanks for the tip Larry. The Scala G4 is fired.

She and I did two up from Seattle to Phoenix and back last March. Those 500 mile days were a bit much for her when the weather was cold. When we got back, she warned me that anything over 40 miles is out! I guess I pushed it a little too hard.

Sounds like you broke her on long distance touring Larry. I'm going to tip toe into it with Deb and test the waters to see how she does. You could always trailer the bike to your destinations and do day rides.

I bought the wing to do two up riding. I am considering selling the wing or getting a new girl friend.
I'm keeping my expectations low with Deb riding allot with me. I suspect that I'll be riding mostly solo and that's ok because this is my passion and she likes to please her man by doing stuff with me that I like....occasionally. I'll just keep it simple and see where it leads. Dude you ain't gonna stop riding, do you hear me.? :D
 

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I am one of the lucky ones, my wife loves it. in fact when the weather permits she gets on me to stop what ever i'm doing and ride at least once a week. usually two or three day trips a week. Today is her birthday and she is pissed it's cold & wet outside. Sucks we can only go for like three days at a time away from home, would love to take some longer rides. We cover our area very well. the wing and the wife love each other, Very Very Blessed
 

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I'm keeping my expectations low with Deb riding allot with me. I suspect that I'll be riding mostly solo and that's ok because this is my passion and she likes to please her man by doing stuff with me that I like....occasionally. I'll just keep it simple and see where it leads. Dude you ain't gonna stop riding, do you hear me.? :D
I have enjoyed motorcycling most of my life and want to continue until my health does not allow me to do it any more.

I bought the Wing specifically for two up touring/camping.

I am just saying that I am discouraged by the fact that she does not embrace the activity as I hoped she would. She was always uncomfortable on every other bike I owned and did not want to ride on them much if any at all.

When I attend GWRRA, I see couples who enjoy the ride together and I had high hopes that she would have taken an interest in the fellowship of the GWRRA as well. Nope. It doesn't sound like that is what she wants to do.

I didn't marry her..... I am just saying, it could come to the point that I would rather be alone and available to meet someone else who would enjoy these types of activities.

I am not going to quit riding, but I might not need such a heavy duty touring machine. I had a Kawasaki Concours that fit the bill nicely for solo riding/touring.

The Silverwing does a great job as an all around motorcycle and it could travel as well. Nothing is as comfortable as the Wing.

Just kind of pissed that it hasn't worked out like I had hoped it would. I am going to be 59 in July. How many years are there left to be able to do this as a couple?
 

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Perhaps you haven't met your "buddy", your life long partner Larry that digs you so much that she's wanting to share in your motorcycle experience together. It's taken Deb a little while to warm up to it with me and like I said, my expectations are low. I ride first for me because this is my passion and if she wants to share a little piece of it together then I am jazzed.

Seems like we had a thread going on this forum before about 2 up riding and if my memory is correct it seems that the consensus of the member/rider/posters was that their wives/girl friends rode seldom or not at all. Of all the friend riders that I know the same is true. I may be off the wall here but it appears to me that women passengers on motorcycles is more the exception than the rule. I heard that the secret to happiness was lowering our expectations.

However.....Larry, that doesn't mean we give up trying, hoping, wishing and striving for our dreams. Hang in there buddy. Sounds like you need to get out of Dodge and get some sunshine and some open road.
 

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Thanks so much for the detailed first ride with your lovely wife. I've been scared to death to take mine. She has fibro myalgia so I concerned about how dizzy she gets while riding. We also rode a scooter Honda 250 Reflex plus I had a 1971 BMW R75 she rode once and wouldn't get back on again so it went and we were down to the scooter which she could for limited rides. I'm hoping the Wing will be the ticket we have been waiting for. :D
 
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