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Old 11-16-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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So, like the title states.. my girlfriend has asked me on and off if we can get here a bike. I keep telling her no. no. no. no. no. etc.

Well reason being, she scares too easily and it concerns me that she'll end up laying down because she paniced or something similar.. for example, Driving over random potholes in my old car(which was slammed) would cause her to *gasp* even though she knew it was coming every time.

Well today i suggested that she take MSF with me since im doing to to lower my insurance rates and finally get my license which i've procrastinated thus far after riding all this time

Im kind of warming up to her maybe getting a 250 since its not as heavy seeing as is shes 5'2-5'3 and weighs no more than 110lbs and she really doesn't need much faster. But with crazy texting drivers and whatnot im still uneasy.

- Looking for some outside input from my MH community on this matter. All help is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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Let her take the MSF and see how she does. If she scares that easily maybe she will be extra cautious and ride for a nice long time before any incidents.
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If she wants to ride, let her ride.. dont deny her the experience because you fear for her safety.
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If she wants to ride, let her ride.. dont deny her the experience because you fear for her safety.
Mainly fearing for her safety because she has a 5yr old
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msf, license, gear, then buy a used bike. less of a loss if she decides biking isn't for her.
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well talk w/ her about that. and explain the realities and make sure she has life ins. and plans if she dies. thats the reality, if she accepts that her decision to make.
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well, is she really spooks that easy, the riders course might change he mind...
so take the course and make a decision after... the course can only help either way...
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msf, license, gear, then buy a used bike. less of a loss if she decides biking isn't for her.
She supports me fully in the moto world because its what i love to do, which is another reason im sure she wants to ride. I've already bought her all gear needed for when im backpacking, so thats not a problem.

Guess like previously stated. MSF and then go from there. Im not doubting her learning/riding capabilities at all. Just didn't really know how i should feel about her riding
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So, like the title states.. my girlfriend has asked me on and off if we can get here a bike. I keep telling her no. no. no. no. no. etc.

Well reason being, she scares too easily and it concerns me that she'll end up laying down because she paniced or something similar.. for example, Driving over random potholes in my old car(which was slammed) would cause her to *gasp* even though she knew it was coming every time.

Well today i suggested that she take MSF with me since im doing to to lower my insurance rates and finally get my license which i've procrastinated thus far after riding all this time

Im kind of warming up to her maybe getting a 250 since its not as heavy seeing as is shes 5'2-5'3 and weighs no more than 110lbs and she really doesn't need much faster. But with crazy texting drivers and whatnot im still uneasy.

- Looking for some outside input from my MH community on this matter. All help is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.
I always tell prospective riders the same thing:

1) Take the MSF course.
2) Buy a cheap, used, low powered bike as your first one and accept that you WILL fall down go boom.
3) Buy gear - even if it is BiLT . Its still better than bare skin.
4) Understand that when you're riding, you will be hot and sweaty, cold, wet, uncomfortable, scared, near killed at least a half dozen times a day, nobody can see you, even those that do see you dont care, and yes, EVERY cager is out to kill you. Even a 5mph crash can kill you. You'll get bugs in your face, all over your body, even june bugs at 50mph can sting, etc. Understand also that even with all of that, all you'll care about is the ride - the other is just good stories to tell later.
5) If you enjoy it, accept that few of your other passions will matter anymore, and you'll sell your soul or your first born for just an extra hour on the bike.
6) Get used to the fact that your hair will never look good again.
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Much as you may want to, you can't protect her from everything.

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does she want it for daily riding on streets or only for track? imo, having her as a passenger is also risky due to houston drivers. awareness only goes so far. perhaps yall can both use the opportunity to do some will/estate planning in case of a horrible accident. i need to get off my and discuss it with my brother/parents even though i'm only 25.
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She supports me fully in the moto world because its what i love to do, which is another reason im sure she wants to ride. I've already bought her all gear needed for when im backpacking, so thats not a problem.

Guess like previously stated. MSF and then go from there. Im not doubting her learning/riding capabilities at all. Just didn't really know how i should feel about her riding
to be honest, that seems a little unfair
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:38 AM   #16
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I'm a believer of learning on a small dirtbike first!
learn clutch, brake and turning...then graduate to the street with MSF,
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many hours can be spent building/training more confidence and comfort not to mention safety and developing good habits before getting on the dangerous streets of Houston


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I bought a 125cc ($995new) and use it to teach the beginner!
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:41 AM   #17
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well talk w/ her about that. and explain the realities and make sure she has life ins. and plans if she dies. thats the reality, if she accepts that her decision to make.
Already have, everytime she asks lol.

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well, is she really spooks that easy, the riders course might change he mind...
so take the course and make a decision after... the course can only help either way...
Yeah, guess that's where we have to start before any decisions can be made.
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does she want it for daily riding on streets or only for track? imo, having her as a passenger is also risky due to houston drivers. awareness only goes so far. perhaps yall can both use the opportunity to do some will/estate planning in case of a horrible accident. i need to get off my and discuss it with my brother/parents even though i'm only 25.
I live in Beaumont. Not roughly the size or traffic as Houston. But Id say street riding/commuting.

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lol most guys would love if their GFs got a bike.
Indeed i would. Just thinking about the risks involved considering how timid she is. Guess i need to relax a little on the matter.

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to be honest, that seems a little unfair
IMO it is. Which is why the thread was made in the first place and why i asked her to go to MSF and that i'd join her as it could be something we can do together.
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No way I would want my gf to ride a freaking scooter muchless a real bike.Your name is Vu and you have "i <3 pho" on your avatar,my WILD guess is your vietnamese.And if you are then so is your gf which hey! - she sounds like my vietnamese 5ft 90lb girlfriend.NO WAY IN mine could ever ever be safe on a 2 wheeled vehicle.She sounds just like yours getting nervous while she drives a car.Not to forget she has the seat all the way up just to reach the pedals and both hands gripped tight on the steering wheel like those 80 year old ladys.
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No way I would want my gf to ride a freaking scooter muchless a real bike.Your name is Vu and you have "i <3 pho" on your avatar,my WILD guess is your vietnamese.And if you are then so is your gf which hey! - she sounds like my vietnamese 5ft 90lb girlfriend.NO WAY IN mine could ever ever be safe on a 2 wheeled vehicle.She sounds just like yours getting nervous while she drives a car.Not to forget she has the seat all the way up just to reach the pedals and both hands gripped tight on the steering wheel like those 80 year old ladys.
Sounds about right. At the least, even if we end up not getting her a bike.. i want her to take MSF. But, youre pretty spot on about everything else. You sir, can relate to my concerns.
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