Originally Posted by dsauer608
I guess a lot depends on how HE rides. Are there curves in Wisconsin?
I was a cautious, slow rider at first, and Dean was very patient with me and was an excellent teacher. Happiness is when you and your spouse ride the same ride/style and can have a blast at it. With a bigger cc bike you're not limited, and bikes like the R1150S are lightweight, easy to flick around and are a gas to ride, plus have all the safety features like ABS and no dive suspensions. I just about killed myself on my daughter's SV, grabbing a bunch of front brake and sliding sideways for a bit - it made me appreciate the "anti-stupid" factor of my GT's ABS. Whoopsee! David wouldn't be a gimp right now either if he'd been on his GT when he hit the dirt-then-pavement at 30 mph. (No offense, there, Mr T!) Imo, non-cruiser bikes that weigh anywhere in the 375-500# range all feel pretty much the same above 5mph, (even an LT feels light once you get the beast moving) so go for safety and quality.
Au contraire, mon ami! In our club we have a group of gals who ride that are always looking for info, teaching, whatever to improve. I think the truth is most gals don't get good instruction and settle for not keeping up. If a gal has the moxy to want to ride, she'll want to ride well.
Thanks, I think????
To be a bit clinical about my incident in relation to part of this discussion. While I would not have had the accident that occurred, there's no guarantee that I would have avoided an accident altogether. I was headed for a low side pretty fast and the light weight and nimbleness of the Hyper is probably part of why I save the front end slide. I'll never know ( and have no intention of testing this theory) if the GT could have been saved in that situation and conditions. Given, the GT most likely would not have proceeded into a large stoppie that ended up flipping the bike endo on top of me, and the GT's ABS would likely have handled the sand and dirt better (compared to a locked front wheel and flipping). But it's impossible to know if it would have been a successful save, another type of high side incident, or t-boning the car parked on the side of the road I was aimed at. But yes, the GT has more things available such as ABS, weight distribution, etc., compared to my Ducati, that may make avoiding such incidents slightly more likely.
Regarding the "girl bike" discussion. I think both camps should get over it! There seems to be a foregone conclusion that the woman in question isn't smart enough to know her own limitations nor how to know if a bike fits and/or suits her. Isn't it ultimately her choice? Yes, opinions and thoughts are great, and everyone has valid points from there particular perspective, but I think we've lost target on the original request for information. I've ridden with some very fast and highly skilled women (Deb and her daughter Jesse being at the top of that list) and some really slow and poorly skilled men (no need to call anyone out here), and vice versa. At the end of the day we're all Motorcyclists
, which is a non gender specific term, and when discussing someone's desire to ride, what they ride and what they can handle, should be treated as such. So maybe, just maybe, if everyone backs off the preconceived gender issues and focuses on what may be good input and insight for this new Motorcyclist
, the original poster will get some really helpful information.
Wow, a few days without pain meds really lets your brain roam free!