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Evidence
12-14-2012, 7:55 AM
Looking for some advice on getting my wife on 2 wheels. Shes pretty small (5'4 105lb) and this would be her first bike. Thinking of picking up maybe a CB350 or something small like that to get her started. So what things did you guys learn from teaching your wife/girlfriend/transgender fling to ride (from scratch). Im sure we would start off with a riders course, but as far as mods and stuff like that. For a first timer, rigid frame, non rigid frame, sprung seat, etc? Pass on some of your experiences.

BuddhahoodVato
12-14-2012, 8:07 AM
Simon que si,
painted her Burgman to match her helmet,
believe it or not, that Burgman was a good scooter, highly recomend it.. Puppy clocked 7o all day and didn't miss a heart beat.

felon
12-14-2012, 8:30 AM
took mine to an open parking lot and spent a few hours just going in circles, then she took the riders edge course at the local harley dealership. got her an 883 low for the cheap.

mrkil
12-14-2012, 9:06 AM
I got my wife riding with a twist and go scooter.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a46/mrkil2/bdf74951.jpg

Now she wants something bigger and faster.
She is wanting an old dual sport bike like this now.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2011/06/24/bikepics-2229551-full.jpg

Saltytonk
12-14-2012, 9:19 AM
Two things you dont teach a woman to do........

1. Ride ......she may follow you

2. Shoot a firearm...........you may reget it.

mrkil
12-14-2012, 9:22 AM
Hmmmm guess I better keep her happy.......
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a46/mrkil2/3ae27f3e.jpg

oldmansporty63
12-14-2012, 9:30 AM
my girlfriend rides and i taught her on a kick only 71 xs 650 chopper.

no tag line here.

TheYetti
12-14-2012, 5:03 PM
My wife puts alot of miles on her Suzuki. She had no experience so I ponied up the money for her to go to a rider's course. She enjoyed it and learned alot of good things, and it kept our marriage happy, which I don't know if it would have been if I tried to teach her.

ElekVins
12-14-2012, 5:08 PM
two things you dont teach a woman to do........

1. Ride ......she may follow you

2. Shoot a firearm...........you may reget it.

+ 1 ;)

LinkBelt
12-14-2012, 5:22 PM
My wife rides both regular and reverse cowgirl... Oh wait your talking about bikes.:D

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pTc
12-14-2012, 5:29 PM
My wife rides both regular and reverse cowgirl... Oh wait your talking about bikes.:D



:D

blacklungky
12-14-2012, 5:53 PM
I recommend a small street bike like the 125 cruisers

JamesM
12-14-2012, 6:55 PM
My girlfriend is 5' and 103 lbs. I taught her to ride in a '78 Twinstar this summer. Got her digging kick starting it too.

Sold the bike last month, gonna look for something else for her for this summer.

scouperacer
12-14-2012, 7:38 PM
My Old Lady started on a Honda Shadow 750 it fit her really well(5'3"). She took a class and had alot of parking lot time before she hit the road. Now she rides a 1200 sportster.

The day she got the Sporty... It was a little tall.

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g34/scouperacer1994/lisabike_zps1a76752d.jpg

And hot it sits now, lowered the rear with Burley brand slammer shocks.

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g34/scouperacer1994/lisabike2_zpsc2940648.jpg

TEACH
12-14-2012, 8:17 PM
Started my wife on my old 58 xlch she rode that for a few years then I upgraded her to a 1939 Knucklehead..she rides this more miles than most of the "bikers" up here in Minneapolis every summer.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/Screenshot2012-12-01at54953PM.png
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/Screenshot2012-08-10at100112AM.png
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/418564_10150676773482002_815927001_9264343_1546054 294_n.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/2011-07-22_13-42-41_582_zps40802810.jpg

JamesM
12-14-2012, 8:23 PM
^ Holy shit.

Randeezy868
12-14-2012, 8:27 PM
Got my wife into motocross a few years ago. When she wanted to ride on the street I picked up a TW200. EASY bike to learn on, but in reality these little bikes are just runaround bikes.

So now shes taken over my 1200 sporty that i had bought to chop, because she can get on the highways with it. And im looking for another bike.

As far as most modifications go, seems to me most chicks are happy rriding stock stuff. Mine is slowly wanting to customize the sporty the more she hangs out at events and sees what she likes.
Its hard for me not to just go nuts chopping it apart, but I have to let her learn and figure out what she wants to do to it.

Bdehlin
12-14-2012, 8:31 PM
Two things you dont teach a woman to do........

1. Ride ......she may follow you

2. Shoot a firearm...........you may reget it.

Shit...I'm fixing up the wife a '71 DT125 for putting around town, and I already taught her to shoot and got her a Sig P232...I'm fucked aren't I?

Stubs
12-14-2012, 9:03 PM
Got my wife into motocross a few years ago. When she wanted to ride on the street I picked up a TW200. EASY bike to learn on, but in reality these little bikes are just runaround bikes.

So now shes taken over my 1200 sporty that i had bought to chop, because she can get on the highways with it. And im looking for another bike.

As far as most modifications go, seems to me most chicks are happy rriding stock stuff. Mine is slowly wanting to customize the sporty the more she hangs out at events and sees what she likes.
Its hard for me not to just go nuts chopping it apart, but I have to let her learn and figure out what she wants to do to it.

I had the same situation as you. I got the wife into dirt bikes about 7 years ago and a couple months ago we picked her up a '06 883. I slammed it because she's only 5' tall and put a pair of Biltwell mustache bars on it. She's not to into customizing it so far. Fine by me because I'd rather put the money into my bike anyway.

She can handle a motorcycle and I wanted her on something that handles decent. I also make her wear a full face helmet, jeans,gloves and a jacket. I had her take the class through Harley.

I feel like a parent because I make her call me when she leaves for work and again when she gets there, when she leave and gets home. Haha! I wish she would just be happy on the back.

justafurnaceman
12-14-2012, 9:30 PM
I went the Honda Rebel route and picked one up for the wife to learn on. My daughter and I have put more miles on it than she has since after the course she decided that she wouldn't be able to handle riding with traffic. It really isn't a big deal since those bikes are marketable since they're a great beginner bike.

ThePete
12-14-2012, 9:40 PM
Part of the deal after I got married and wanted to get a bike after being over seas and not riding for years was she had to have one too. She didn't think I'd go for it but she picked out and bought her 600 Katana then said unless I got a sportbike she wouldn't ride with me. I had my mind set on a ridged mount Sportster Sport and ended up buying a GSXR that had been high sided on the cheap and rebuilt it. We took a riders course together and she dropped it first ride out, carb hic-uped going through a corner and the bike broke loose. I felt bad and bought her a little 250 Ninja she out grew in a few months. I'm pretty proud of her she did a lot of the work on it and flipped it for a bit of a profit to get a 450 Rebel. That was a great bike and I wish she never sold it, but she used the money to furnish my son's nursery, She's getting the itch again and talking 883 Sportster but I'm going to try and get her on a Savage for a while first, but I've got s line on an 03 Sportster Sport with somewhere between 1-3k on the clock and I might be able to pick it up for a song but I already know its a bit of a mad man so I might pass.

ElekVins
12-15-2012, 4:53 AM
Shit...I'm fixing up the wife a '71 DT125 for putting around town, and I already taught her to shoot and got her a Sig P232...I'm fucked aren't I?

Indeed ! :cheersmate:

stolenmojo
12-15-2012, 7:25 AM
I went through this ordeal this past summer, I asked the same question on the JJ and the best advice was to enroll my wife in the MSF riders edge program. I started trying to teach her myself on a little Suzuki ds80 2 stroke and she struggled with that and I'm not a real patient teacher. To avoid divorce or worse (she owns guns and is a decent shot) she did the class. She had a female instructor and 3 other females in the class. She did great but I didn't like that the class never ventured above 15 mph in a parking lot.

She won't touch my shovel head or the chopper so I found a decent deal on a 08 fat bob at the same dealership she took the course at and bought that. At least her bike always starts and runs trouble free. We have a decent group that rides together often so she gets lots of tips and encouragement. I also always make her call before and after any ride without me so don't feel bad about that.

I also slammed her fat bob and built peg offsets for her to fit the bike better, the burly kit is amazingly easy and quick. HD peg and control relocation kit was $180, I used 4" of 3/4" steel some 1/8" laser cut tabs and tools to relocate the pegs in a couple of hours.

She's right at 800 mostly trouble free miles since September. I'm like a fucking soccer dad beaming with pride when she's out riding. The only thing she hates is all the men staring at her when she rolls up, her best friend rides a fat boy so the two of them attract lots of attention when they are together.

Maybe I could talk her into El Diablo, I have a bit of unfulfilled adventure concerning that trip several years ago.

mreed
12-15-2012, 8:12 AM
I picked up a mint Buell Blast for my wife for Mother's Day.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Bikes/0511090013.jpg

She had no intentions of ever riding so it sat in the garage for a month or two until one day she just decided it was time. After riding around for a while I couldn't stand looking at it so we did this

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Mobile%20Uploads/0419000657.jpg

She rode that for a couple weeks and wanted a more highway friendly bike so I got her a 100th Anniversary Sportster for our anniversary (lame, I know but it doesn't take much for me to justify buying another bike)

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Bikes/0621091340.jpg

and that bike after she did her thing to it

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Bikes/0825091952a.jpg

The custom bug bit her so she wanted another bike that wasn't shiney (but didn't want to get rid of or change her other bikes) so I picked this up from a local bike salvage place.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Rat%20Rod%20Sportster/0706100049.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Rat%20Rod%20Sportster/0706100052.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Rat%20Rod%20Sportster/0708102338.jpg

and together we did this

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Rat%20Rod%20Sportster/0502121603.jpg

...but that still didn't satisfy her so I found another 03 to do whatever she wanted to do

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Bikes/downsized_0209091717.jpg

and now it's this

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Led%20Sled%20hardtail/DSCF1488.jpg

long story but she's my favorite to ride and wrench with and it all started with that damn Buell she didn't want. Then my daughter got the bug so I picked up a cb350f to mess around with over last winter

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/73%20cb350f/DSCF1046.jpg

I wanted to keep it easy so she could do most of the work

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/73%20cb350f/1205111826.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/73%20cb350f/1205112006.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/73%20cb350f/0919121909_zps3a808c9a.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/73%20cb350f/0919121908_zpsd60e2dab.jpg

I taught my wife to ride but she required my daughter to take the MSF course. My wife was a very instinctive rider and I trust her plenty but they took the course together and my wife says she wishes she had taken it in the beginning.

lttlelindsey
12-15-2012, 1:09 PM
TWO WORDS

SAFETY COURSE

Please!!! Anyone and everyone can learn something from the riders course. If she is brave enough I recomend sending her on her own. I give the same advice to any women I know who want to learn to ride. Take the tress off of your relationship and let someone else teach her (a professional).

Primo
12-16-2012, 9:44 PM
My wife had a Buell Blast for all of a month before she kicked me off my Triumph.
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/22352_1290963243858_6066188_n.jpg

MegaDON666
12-17-2012, 12:10 PM
The course is great is you have never ridden or been riding for a while. If you have been riding for a while, they will point out some bad habits to correct. For someone who has never ridden, it does get you more comfortable, my only gripe is that its not enough practice to go on freeways and feel comfortable in the streets. Its a great intro to riding for sure

Evidence
12-17-2012, 12:22 PM
Cool, good responses guys. She will definitely be taking the riding course, and I don't think she will have any problems. She used to ride my pitbikes around the yard, and shes ridden a Kawasaki 550 around the high school parking lot once or twice.

baelzbub
12-17-2012, 1:41 PM
My wife started out riding a Virago 250. She claims to be 5'2", but I think she's 5' tall. She wanted a bike like what she rode in her MSF class - I didn't want her on a 125, so we settled on the Virago. Great little bike to learn on. Super light, but with enough power to do some highway riding, but we mostly stuck to back roads.

I never took the MSF, but we both agreed that she should take the course to get her license.

After ONE season of riding the Virago, she was comfortable enough to jump on the bike she REALLY wanted, an old '93 CBR600 I had rotting away under a tarp in the back of the shed. My cousin had given to me after he lunched the motor & I never got around to it, so we got an engine and she did a fair share of the engine swap with me. (Hey, she's gotta earn her keep, right? ;))

baelzbub
12-17-2012, 1:42 PM
My wife's just not into the cruisers & has always loved the sport bikes - so as it stands now, her bike is the fastest we've got in the garage. Works great for me, because I get the occasional urge to go stupid fast thought a canyon or three. Now that she's figured out the '93, we're looking to upgrade her to a CBRF4i.

After moving from NJ to CO, we're both pretty happy to have a sport bike in the garage. :)

Bottom line - have your chick take the safety course, get her a 'learner bike' first until SHE is ready for her forever bike. Make sure she's got good safety gear, because road rash and scars might look "cool" on dudes... chicks... not so much...

Comingapart
12-17-2012, 5:08 PM
My girl is scared of 'em.
I haven't done much in the way of discouraging that...

TCS52Pan
12-17-2012, 5:21 PM
That's a great looking Honda, hope she enjoys it! TC

Siempre
12-18-2012, 7:39 PM
I got My Wifey Started with a safety course (free if you're active duty military which was awesome), and it gave her the courage to start getting out there and now that she gave me the go-ahead to trade in the Vulcan for a Harley, she wants one too. She's about that same size 5'4 and the super-low fits her perfect... just wish the price-tag fit better!

backwithabang
12-18-2012, 7:50 PM
My wife is tiny. Started her on this 33152


Then she wanted to get a chop so I built her this which she fit on but the weight torque jump was a little much
33153

Ended up settling on this beauty. I just need to find an old seat pan and slim it down so she can reach the ground better

33154

Stubs
12-18-2012, 8:07 PM
My wife almost took my ass out a couple minutes ago. Turning right from a side street onto a Main Street, her bike died so she blipped the throttle. It bump started and she almost pushed me into a big ass van! She was so close i lifted my right foot off the peg. I'm glad she is a decent rider and didn't panic or she probably would have killed me. Haha, crazy wife!

Roush
12-18-2012, 8:26 PM
My ol'lady got tired of riding on the back of my bike and want her own. I picked up a honda rebel (she's 5'2) to start on, road that around for a year then took a 2 day safety course. She wanted to ride my sporty so we went out and she was hooked. This past march I got her a '06 883L for her birthday. She bugs me every chance to go on rides and the lil shit likes to race too..lol

Siempre
12-27-2012, 12:50 PM
What do you think of the Burly lowering rear assembly?

HedleyLamarr
01-10-2013, 6:28 AM
my girlfriend has been riding longer than me...and gets angrier than me...maybe one of the reasons I dig her

so I felt it appropriate to put this story here

last night she was coming home from work, stuck in traffic on a surface street, and a car with two teenage girls, the driver on the phone, pulls out and forces her into oncoming traffic, which luckily stops

after being scared shitless, feelings turned to anger, and April followed them when they pulled into a McDonalds up the street, jumped off her bike, ripped off her helmet and smashed the girl's mirror off with it

I don't know how she held back after that...we'll see if charges come down the road if anyone wrote down her tag but I'm a firefighter locally and so I know most of the cops so with any luck I cant talk em down

Trinda
01-10-2013, 6:51 AM
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/73%20cb350f/1205111826.jpg

you should show her the dotheton forum, it's the best resource for cafe racers I've found on the net. very friendly and helpful community.
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?action=forum

matttatts
01-10-2013, 11:33 AM
ya man i took this lil hardatail 250 on trade for some tattoo work and my wife basicly laid claim to it right away lol. went to a parking lot and she practiced doing some figure 8's for a couple hours to get used to the wheel flop. she never rode a bike before but took to it like a duck to water. were in the process of building her a 1975 XS650 for the spring.

here she is on her first one
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa276/matttatts/IMAG05572.jpg

SouthBayBobber
01-10-2013, 11:37 AM
What do you think of the Burly lowering rear assembly?

Works great, even 2-up...Got it on my sporty and the springs are so stiff, the bike actually rides better with my chick on the back.

Pendulum
01-10-2013, 11:48 AM
I'm going to try to get my chick to learn how to ride on either a Rebel 250 my friend might be selling soon, or my XS650 chop. She wanted to learn on my Sporty... Nope.

Stlmikie
01-10-2013, 2:14 PM
My bride is a short one. We picked up an 07 sporty that she has learned on. She took a safety coarse and got with it. The bike was a bit tall so we did the Burley Slammer kit and it brought the bike down to a perfect hidth for her. I had to "adjust" a few things under the fender but it was an easy install front and rear.




What do you think of the Burly lowering rear assembly?

carl609
01-10-2013, 3:46 PM
I have been trying to talk my wife into getting her own bike. She was super freaked out to ride on the back of mine at first. After a few trips around the neighborhood she was comfortable to venture out a little further. She loves it now, except the freeway, but I totally understand that.

Hopefully I can get her on a bike of her own someday, I dont really like riding 2 up.

BMG
01-10-2013, 5:08 PM
i tried to teach my "wife" to ride.
she even took the msf course. AND got her license..
didn't like my bike. ( no front brakes, super skinny bars, etc..)
so we built her a cb750. chopper
after a while she lost interest in me and motorcycles.( mine anyway..)
now she just "rides" other men. . .

couch
01-10-2013, 6:30 PM
[QUOTE=TEACH;420797]Started my wife on my old 58 xlch she rode that for a few years then I upgraded her to a 1939 Knucklehead..she rides this more miles than most of the "bikers" up here in Minneapolis every summer.
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Great shot. Are those your kids in the hack, if so, how do they like it? Just had twin girls a few months ago and I'm already eyefucking sidecars on the Craigslist.

dakota
01-10-2013, 7:32 PM
get a cheap jap bike and go to a parking lot. My wife learned on and rode an 80's xj650. For $900 it ran like a top, was plenty fast enough to keep up and it really wasn't a big deal when she dropped it learning to ride in an empty lot.

JLight
01-10-2013, 7:45 PM
My wife started on an XS400 then stepped up to a Suzuki Savage. She loves it and she can pick it up if it falls over.

Hysteria42
01-24-2013, 1:17 PM
My wife's first bike - XLH883 Hugger. She's 5'3" so it fits her pretty good. She learned to ride by taking the MSF course, then practiced on the Sporty in an empty parking lot until she was comfortable with it.



http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u369/hysteria42/luna12.jpg

sinks88
01-24-2013, 2:45 PM
Started my wife on my old 58 xlch she rode that for a few years then I upgraded her to a 1939 Knucklehead..she rides this more miles than most of the "bikers" up here in Minneapolis every summer.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/Screenshot2012-12-01at54953PM.png
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/Screenshot2012-08-10at100112AM.png
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/418564_10150676773482002_815927001_9264343_1546054 294_n.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/baasmetalcraft2006/2011-07-22_13-42-41_582_zps40802810.jpg

I seen her plenty of times! it seems everytime I had, I was in my fuckin truck and I felt like a retard! cause she is way more badass then me!

SinisterRouge
01-24-2013, 9:50 PM
my wife taught me how to ride..:eek: she used to race motocross as a kid. she rides an iron 883.

MIKE47
01-25-2013, 12:29 AM
Teach sucks for having the awesomest old lady ever.

I taught the very soon to be ex wife to ride on a 72 tr6c. She's 5' 7" and thin so she barely made the ground on the huge wide british seat. The clutch was heavy and kick only was no fun. She wasn't digging it so I got her a lowered '94 883 sportster and she was thrilled. Easy to operate. Low center of gravity. If she stalled it she could fire it right up again.

If you got the CB route You may have to lower it and go with swapping the seat. I'm 5' 7" and I can't hardly get my legs around the stock seat. But it will be lighter and electric start will help. The clutch on them when working right are light also.

johnnybarndrunks
01-25-2013, 4:15 AM
When I started my own chop my wife wanted one to. She's only got a learners permit but can ride all she wants with me on my bike..

I got her an XS400, lowered it, got a set of TC-Bros lanesplitters on it, a sportster tank, fender yada yada yada and a new paint job.

She likes it, and with her only at 105 lbs it hauls pretty good.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gq4_hBgG4l4/T7TtWLs3qFI/AAAAAAAAAEU/US_0N2eR1fc/s640/blogger-image-578585430.jpg

misfitJason
01-25-2013, 5:51 AM
my wife rode a 150 cc automatic scooter once and almost wrecked into the neighbors house. I swear she can barely even drive between looking at facebook and answering phone calls. Any other mode of transportation would not be a good idea. Her jeep barely is