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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Tip for being a passenger...

OK ladies... don't hate me for posting this in the female rider section... this was actually originaly posted by a female... from what I hear she has passed away since from a battle with cancer but I came across this post and thought that it might be useful to any female who rides as a passenger also..

Ok, so obviously you are curious what to expect as a woman behind her man on his beloved Japanese work of art. Well here are a few tips that could ultimately make that scary thing the BOMB and make you guys closer in the process! Here is a big tip....When you are on your ride no matter how freaked out you get please don't cry, dudes hate it when you cry. Suck it up punch him in the gut and move on. Usually what scares you isn't the ride but more the speed and closeness to the pavement. Ask your man to start small, ride you around town for a while then move up to freeway's and canyon's. Do not go canyon carving unless you two are in-sync with each other (that usually takes a few rides).

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1. Start small, ride around town first, then work your way up to Sunday morning rides together.

2. Talk to your man, tell him your fears and concerns. Communication is essential. He won't know till you tell him. Tell him how fast you'd like to go and where to draw the line so he doesn't scare you to death in the first 5 minutes.

3. Expect hard or quick acceleration, these bike's pack a punch and you need to hang on!

4. Wear proper riding attire- Jeans, Jacket of a sturdy material, definitely a shoe that covers the ankle, preferably boots and ya gotta have the gloves.

5. Learn what side to enter and exit the bike from- A hot exhaust can burn you if you get too close to it. Then, Sit on the back of the bike with him off of it to observe how you sit, let him give you a leaning test. Have him say " Ok let me see you lean right or left". Too much or too little could be very bad.

6. Prop yourself up on the gas tank with your hands when you are slowing down and hang on to him when he accelerates out of stop lights or to pass a vehicle.

7. Know when to tuck in behind him- If you allow him to go fast in places, be prepared to dodge the wind blast and tuck in behind him and hold on tightly to his waist.

8. Finally have a communication system- When to get off the bike in a parking lot, or if he's going too fast, you tap him hard on his thigh ( This worked for me once when he was terrorizing me on accident and I had to tell him loudly to pull the F**** over!). If it's an emergency also have a slap or a punch so he knows what's wrong and can pull over for you.

9. Best of all, have fun with him. I hope you enjoy it so that you share something you both like and will not feel threatened by in the future. Consider taking an entry level rider's class and learn to handle your own bike giving you both freedom and love for the same things. If you hate it, don't feel bad. At least you tried and you gave it your honest shot. - Tiffany

REMBER THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US AND KEEP THEM IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOUR HEARTS.
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Usually her ripping out my kindey's is a good sign that I'm going to fast. Sometimes I let her steer the bike from her leaning. She likes that. I just hate the toll it takes on the hands when stopping.
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I just hate the toll it takes on the hands when stopping.
If she's supporting herself on the tank like she should, there shouldn't be any additional pressure on your hands when you stop. I know it's certainly difficult for women to do that. I had taken a few passengers on my Katana when I owned it, but they never could grasp the concept, no matter how many times I requested it of them. So when I bought the R6, I removed the passenger pegs and put the solo cowl on. The R6 never saw a passenger because of the experiences I had with the Katana.

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If she's supporting herself on the tank like she should, there shouldn't be any additional pressure on your hands when you stop. I know it's certainly difficult for women to do that. I had taken a few passengers on my Katana when I owned it, but they never could grasp the concept, no matter how many times I requested it of them. So when I bought the R6, I removed the passenger pegs and put the solo cowl on. The R6 never saw a passenger because of the experiences I had with the Katana.
I don't like it when she puts her hands on the tank. It gets scratched up.
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6. Prop yourself up on the gas tank with your hands when you are slowing down and hang on to him when he accelerates out of stop lights or to pass a vehicle.
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When I rode passenger, I had myself braced against the tank at ALL times, not just slowing down (I'd lock out my elbows for slowing, though, so I wouldn't lurch against him). The less pressure/grip on the pilot, the better: allows them to ride as normally as possible.

And WTF -- she mentions gear, but forgets the most important element: A HELMET!
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I don't like it when she puts her hands on the tank. It gets scratched up.
If there's a "wear gloves, leave the jewelry/watch at home" policy, you shouldn't have a problem with that.
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If there's a "wear gloves, leave the jewelry/watch at home" policy, you shouldn't have a problem with that.
She always weras gloves. I have a black bike. NOTHING is touching it other than my terry clothes and me.
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She always weras gloves. I have a black bike. NOTHING is touching it other than my terry clothes and me.
Good choice.



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Nah, she messed up my '04's tank a lil by using her gloved hands. Never again.
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She always weras gloves. I have a black bike. NOTHING is touching it other than my terry clothes and me.
Very strange.... (believe me, my ex BF that I used to ride biotch with would have had a COW if I'd scratched up his tank )
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Very strange.... (believe me, my ex BF that I used to ride biotch with would have had a COW if I'd scratched up his tank )
So if you're use to it, why is it strange?
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Nah, she messed up my '04's tank a lil by using her gloved hands. Never again.
I'm saying good choice to keep stuff off it...but the terry.



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I'm saying good choice to keep stuff off it...but the terry.
I know you are.
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So if you're use to it, why is it strange?
It's strange that your tanks get scratched even when your girls wear gloves (since I managed to ride like that for over a year without so much as an itty bitty scratch). No biggie, just interesting... Might have more to do with the finish on the tank than anything.
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It's minor clear coat scuffs that don't buff out from her putting pressure on the tank and her fingers moving at the same time.
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It's minor clear coat scuffs that don't buff out from her putting pressure on the tank and her fingers moving at the same time.
Ahhhhh, gotcha. And I'm sure even the tiniest flaw shows up badly on a black bike.
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I have a tip for you....

Get your own bike!
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I have a tip for you....

Get your own bike!
I DID!!
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Ahhhhh, gotcha. And I'm sure even the tiniest flaw shows up badly on a black bike.
Don't even want to risk it.
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I know you did, I wasnt talking to you.
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