Chances are good you will hit the dirt...even at slow speed... I was slowly riding a 2 track road (2 tire tracks with grass in the middle) when the side of the front tire caught traction on a 3" high ridge of dirt and slammed the handlbars sideways and off I went...recovering from broken collarbone...
so be careful when riding slow, things can still happen fast...
I would take some considerable time getting to know the new bike before I took a passenger on. Also, don't push her comfort level at all. This can be a fun thing you do together, but if she gets freaked out, it's over. Also, I would be very hesitant to go anywhere near dirt with a passenger for a LONG time.
Make sure she has all the gear. ATGATT. Armored everything and a full face helmet. I can't imagine anything much worse than sitting in the emergency room with my wife wishing I has bought a full face helmet.
Not trying to be a downer. Have fun with the new bike!
Big Iron has the best idea yet...That course is well worth the money. Highly Recommend. As a matter of fact I will be taking the adavanced course again this spring for a refresher and get my bad habits back in check.
I would say not to get too carried away with the dirt thing right off the bat. KLR 650's are big heavy bikes that require some body english when riding off road. These are not CR125's and you will note that as soon as you get in a slick spot or fail to make a summit when climbing.
If you have a tall windscreen or buy one you might want to lose that before getting into dirt bike mode. I guess I'm saying KLR's are nice but if you wanna haise some serious hell you need a dirt bike.
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