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post #1 of 36 Old 11-05-2006, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching My Wife how to Ride!

This is pretty fun! My wife decided she wants to learn to ride, so we begin looking for a bike she can ride. Since she is only 5 foot nothing, it's gotta be small. Then I remembered that her older brother had a bike, and it's sitting in a shed in MO.

Well, long story short, we got the bike here to Colorado, and it's in better shape than I thought. It's a 1978 Yamaha DT100 Enduro- a tiny little two-stroke steet legal Dual Sport. It's perfect- she can flat foot it, and pick it up!

I've been working on it- it hadn't been started since 1983! carb rebuild, points, tires, chain, etc... It runs great now. Perfect for learning- soft low end power, geared low, lightweight.

Today we went to a parking lot and spent about an hour and a half learning. She is HOOKED! I had to come to work, but she didn't want to quit. We're off together on Tuesday, so we'll do more. Today, she got up to third gear, learned about braking, practiced figure 8's . She's picking it up quick.

Check out this video!-

http://media.putfile.com/Faster-27


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post #2 of 36 Old 11-05-2006, 03:51 PM
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congrats.Sounds like things are headed in the right direction with safety in mind.Thumbs up Hayduke!!!!

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Safety First! She WILL be taking the MSF course in the spring. But a friend of hers (another newb girl, who took the course) felt like it would be best to have at least some knowledge of how things work before the course. Less intimidating that way. Now that it is Nov., though, and with weather and no MSF courses nearby, she'll probably have it dialed before she takes the course.

We started out just learning clutch and brake control, then slowly adding other elements. Any other suggestions?

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post #4 of 36 Old 11-06-2006, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Woohoo! Tami got her permit today-



And her mighty Enduro got Bad-Ass new tires! :mrgreen:




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post #5 of 36 Old 11-07-2006, 10:22 PM
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Congrats Tami and Hayduke.Let the good times roll :h0064

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post #6 of 36 Old 11-08-2006, 04:48 AM
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Tami! Congrats, kiddo!

Laurie will come ride something tame with us sometime, I'm sure. I'll show her how to throw her bike off the trail and down the mountain... You can show her how NOT to do that.

Life is a mortal adventure. Don't avoid all the risks.

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post #7 of 36 Old 11-08-2006, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Yesterday was really fun! I took Tami out to practice on some dirt, and she did great. She rode some loose rocky stuff and she started standing on the pegs when it got really rough. Remember, this is her third time on a motorcycle! She did so good, that we decided to practice around the block. She did that for awhile, so we rode out of town on some county roads- both paved and dirt, and a loop of about 25miles! She got up to about 48 mph, (which is about top speed on this little bike).

Here are a couple of pics-



Determination-


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Check out this little video clip-

http://media.putfile.com/MVI-2757

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post #9 of 36 Old 11-08-2006, 09:51 AM
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Wow,must really be a pain :r001 to learn to ride a bike in all that terrible scenery :lol: Bye the way,nice riding gear Tami.ATGATT.Really glad to have another riding couple around.Let the adventures begin!!!!!!!!!


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Wow,must really be a pain :r001 to learn to ride a bike in all that terrible scenery :lol: Bye the way,nice riding gear Tami.ATGATT.Really glad to have another riding couple around.Let the adventures begin!!!!!!!!!


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It is really distracting. :lol:

We rode a little today, too. About 75 degrees and sunny. Is this really November?





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