Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Campbell, CA, USA
Mike and Mona,
Congrats on the new bike, and welcome.
I've had my '02 for just a couple of months now, and finally was able to get out today for the first time with my wife on board. I haven't really ridden 2-up much before, so it was a little adventure for me and I just kept things a little slower than normal, and mostly under control.
But I sure wasn't ready for the pea gravel I pulled into as we were coming up to a fruit/vegitable stand where she wanted to stop. Came really close to dropping the bike for the first time as the rear wheel sunk and started to washout. Fortunately I was able to dab my left foot, give her a little gas, and she turned out to be a pretty good dirt bike (by keeping us rubber side down)! After we parked and she went inside, I went back and saw that my rear tire had sunk 6-8" into the gravel. We were very lucky, and it was a good reinforcement that you need to be ultra aware of what you are approaching when riding an 850# +passenger & luggage bike.
Well, we got our artichokes and the rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. So I've now gotten my first 115 miles with a pillion, and in a nice mix of twisties, highways and freeways. She was really happy on the back seat, and was ready to go for more - Which is quite a statement since she had a pretty significant back injury not too long ago.
Congrats again, and hope to hear some ride tales from you guys.
2005.5 KTM Adventure 950