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post #1 of 10 Old 10-08-2006, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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A little help from the Lady riders

Ok, I know I don't have the required equipment for posting here but ... I'm trying to convince my wife to ride her own bike. I've offered to get her the bike of her choice, but I'm steering her to either a KLR 250 , XT 225 or TW 200, as they are short, light weight bikes that aren't scary for a new rider. What I need is to have some input from all of you, something she can read from other women that ride. I would make her take the MSF course if she decided to go through with it. If she doesn't, I'm reduced to putting a hack on the KLR 650 I have. If I could I'd send ya'll flowers.

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-08-2006, 08:07 PM
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What kind of input are you looking for? I can't very well convince your wife that she should ride, but I am more than willing to tell her how much fun it is and how great it feels to be on the open road (or the dusty trail ) and know that you are in charge and can do just about anything. It opens up horizons, increases self-confidence and teaches you more about yourself and the world around you than most other hobbies.

If you wife is one to be "inspired" then I invite her to look over some of my rides (check my website below). Many of them were solo, including a trip to the East Coast and a return from southern Mexico. ALL of them were fun.

Best of luck to you both!

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-08-2006, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well when I asked her, she said she would ride a scooter, For those of you that have ridden one of those, I think they are dangerous, the steering, due to the small wheels makes them very twitchy I think. I'm trying to convince her that a regular bike is the way to go. I'm sure once she got on one and rode it, she would simply fall in love with it. She has ridden the boys KE 100 around the yard a few times. I have an old Yamaha XS 650 in the garage that would fit her perfectly. I of course want to get her a dualsport, she couldn't ride a KLR 650 as it's just too tall for her, but any of the smaller ones would be fine I should think.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-09-2006, 07:19 AM
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I too do not have the plumbing to be posting here but...........

If you were to take her to an offroad vehicle park, a busy one on a busy holiday weekend, she and you too might be surprised to discover that the ratio of women to men riders is a lot higher than what you see on the street and though it pains me to admit it, female riders are generally lighter than us and can frequently kick our butts in the dirt. That fact alone appeals to many females. :twisted:
Seriously, we've got the edge on upper body strength but pound for pound, women are equal or superior to us in lower body strength. Since dirt riding is more about the legs than the arms, the lighter package generally kicks butt. Riding is stereotypically a "guy" sport and many people both male and female tend to accept "common knowledge" even though it's completely false. On a MX track at least the playing field is level and upper body strength don't mean squat. Most of the top MX stars are scrawny little guys with twigs for arms after all. Once many females see this, they will tear off the blinders society put on them and then tear up the track. Of the few times I've been completely destroyed offroad it was invariably by some 90 pound chick. :lol:

The only problem is that you may have to give up dualsporting and start hauling dirt bikes every weekend.

Ok I'll get out of here. I just had to stop in out of curiosity.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-09-2006, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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were it that easy I would, but you just don't find an OHV park in upstate NY, there are a couple within a hundred miles of my house, but are dominated by the ATV crowd and she has ridden our polaris atv lots of times off road, I truthfully have never seen a female on a dirt bike around here, I know a few do, but I've never seen one. I've seen lots on street bikes, as a matter of fact, I have a close female friend that rides a 170hp Honda , V65 Magna, and she is a raving lunatic on that bike. She doesn't like the dualsports because she isn't that tall and doesn't like the size of the bikes. My wife isn't that tall either, but the smaller ones, like the TW 200 or KLR 250 would be fine for her. I suppose if she knew more than just one woman rider it would be better. I think one of her main issues is that she was dumped on a bike by a moron when she was younger and I've been trying to get her over that for several years now. I figure by reading some of these posts by women, for women, she may see it's perfectly natural to get on a bike herself.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-09-2006, 09:08 AM
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Busy here this morning Gunny-so I will post to this later,but, in the mean time--about the scooter thing--all you have to tell her (she oughta know)it ain't no fun ridin something :roll: if you can't wrap your legs around it :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Perhaps it's the two wheels that intimidate her...How about one of these?

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-09-2006, 10:51 PM
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I don't have my own bike yet but I just took the MSF course and I recommend letting her tackle that first.
Make sure it is in the cooler months though
If she will enjoy driving her own bike she will get the bug after taking the course.
Before taking the course I was kind of curios as to how I was going to drive a motorcycle with my feet on the ground.
I didn't see how I was going to manage balancing one of those things
I even considered getting a 4 wheeler and just following Bullfrog around, but after taking the course
I definitely want my own bike. But make sure she takes it in a cool month, cause I have to tell you I almost gave up because it was so hot in Dallas that I couldn't concentrate, I felt like I was going to faint and or be sick. Luckily I stuck it out and the next day was better. If you want PM me her email addy and I can give her some encouraging words about couples riding together

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-09-2006, 11:10 PM
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Hey Gunny,
Well, my name is Jamie and despite being teased through grade school for having a girl's name, I ain't. But my wife is getting into riding after getting hooked on my son's KLX125. So she recently got her own. Right now she's getting the feel of it in our yard. She has no endorsement and hasn't taken the MSF course yet, but isn't letting that stop her! We're planning a little ride on some gravel roads in our area soon. Here's her the evening she got the bike:

She is really enjoying it. It's funny....she never had an urge to ride until she sat on my son's bike. Hope this helps!

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-09-2006, 11:25 PM
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OK Gunny-got a little time tonight--all the girls are great advocates of the MSF course so it's a great place to start---small bike too. The time you two will share riding together after that is the fun part---Mike and I have a ball on ours-date days-sometimes just ride 50-100 miles or so to get lunch----fun days-adventure days-sightseeing days and sometimes test my skills days---you know ,the ones where you guys say"let's go out this road honey" and then the road dissapears and after so far you can't go back and just when you think it won't get any worse it does and then finally some kind of SANCTUARY :lol: Those are the stories you tell around the fire later and laugh about. Both of us being able to go together has been such a stress reliever for us at times. All the things they say are true-the wind in your face-the independence-the thrill-it's all there waiting for her-she needs to at least give it a fair try before she makes up her mind whether to ride or not. Angel went from never being on one to kicking butt at her course. I ride alot-to the store-get groceries on mine (have a big rev-pak)pick up the son-meet Mike after work and we back road home-run errands-and of course you can always sell her the sensible side of gas saving I also stress getting a bike to bike set of radios-we have them and wouldn't leave home without them. They will give you piece of mind when she's behind you,you can alert her to things and you're there if she needs you. I know . alot of guys joke about not wanting to hear their wives while riding but -hey-get over it :P I've rode since I was 10-now 48 and loving it more than ever-keeps us young-if she has any questions -get her on here-Mike and I did a 9 day trip this summer and had a blast--will be glad to share----good luck---Kay
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