I think it has been said... WOW!
I am sitting here at work, and missing my wife in Iraq and read this, brought a tear to my eye...ok a few of them. You are 100% correct in riding with a loved one is different than riding by yourself. You are more alert, more defensive and more offensive when you need to be. Almost safer if you will. That is the good side of it...now on the blessed side of it, she is there with you, holding you, close to you and you are enjoying and experiencing things together, or as I say... "Building Memories"
My first beemer was the K75s and still today I love that thing, but she didn't like it, I bought an RT and she wouldn't ride unless the topbox was there, always uneasy, never leaning into the curves with me. Then the K12RS, I MADE her lean into curves with me..
She then fell inlove with the RT. Then in Redmond Oregon at the BMWOA rally, I borrowed a guys LT and she jumped on there and immediately felt "safe" or "comfort" so, we rode it only a few miles, I never got out of 4th, and then parked it. This year she was in Iraq and has asked me on several occasions "Remember that bike we rode in Oregon?" so, I bought this one, silver, same color and same year. (all by chance) and I have got it decked out, and that is why the motivation to put everything on it before she gets home....and that she will cut up my credit cards...haha.
Darkey, what you said in the start of this thread is EXACTLY what I am hoping for. She and I have never ridden more than a couple hours together. Our schedules and daughter have never provided the opportunity. So, that is another reason for my big ride...so I can go get used to my bike and see what she can and cannot do. My wife has mentioned she wants to take the RT for a cross country ride to NC, boy will she be surprised when she sees the LT in the garage... I can't wait.
Enjoy you wife, Enjoy your bike, Enjoy your rides..
Enjoy it enough to appreciate the short lives we have and Make those "memories" and share with those 5 special blessings.
God Bless you, and your willingness to open up and we all enjoyed you sharing with us. A family.....