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Do you remember your 1st 1up experience? I do because it just happened! :D

In all seriousness, riding solo is one thing - someone else placing their life in your hands is obviously on a whole different level.

I spent a little over 2 1/2 years learning how to ride on the Honda Rebel I bought. I got my endorsement and the fundamentals down. I then bought my RT, and spent a month getting used to it myself - the weight, the balance, the additional power (I bought a low suspension model because I am somewhat vertically challenged.)

On Sunday, March 25th my wife joined me for the very first time on the RT. It was a little overcast and cool, and it was a short 20 minute "jaunt" through some back country roads.

Needless to say, I was nervous - but confident. Confident I had done the right thing in waiting until "middle-age" to learn how to ride. Confident I had done the right thing in buying a "starter" bike and going through the MSF to get my endorsement. Confident that even when I bought my Rebel, I kept my "eyes on the prize" (an RT!) and our long term goal to spend more time together and do some touring.

I know she was nervous as well, and righfully so. But she knew the steps I had taken to get us to that point, and knew I would never let her ride unless I felt like I was ready.

Afterwards, we had a great discussion outside beside the bike. How safe she felt, how the seating position felt, how was the wind, how was my balance, how well I could see with the RT mirrors, etc.

All in all, it was a great "ice-breaker" for both of us. Maybe not a great "ride tale", but just a reminder to us all that everytime we go through our pre-ride checklist - "Taking someone else's life in our hands" should be one of those items...
 

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There is one thing that is very important for the passenger, and that is to NEVER lean opposite of the bike lean in turns. That can cause serious problems.

I told my wife to always look over my shoulder on the side we were turning to, turning left, look over my left shoulder, right, over my right shoulder. That works very well to keep you from having a big surprise when the bike just does not want to turn, and you see the passenger is leaning the wrong way trying to stay upright!
 

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David is so right getting the passenger to look the same way you are is probably the most important lesson to learn.

Glad you had a great first ride.
 

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Thanks for the advice! Just read those posts to the Mrs!
 

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Most of my riding is 2 up with my wife. From day one she was the best pillion rider I could imagine. I feel like I'm alone on the bike. Maybe it's trust, maybe fear. I don't know which, but it works.
 
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