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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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My wife's first long trip. need help.

my wife mentioned that she wants to take a trip somewhere on the bike (rgc). so i put my thinking cap on trying to think of where we can go that would be a good distance and nice to see once there. we live in northern virginia and i came up with niagra falls. 400 or so miles, so a full day on the bike with stops, sounds perfect. she likes the desination also.

the most she's ridden so far is 100 mile fun rides with a lunch stop. so about 3-4 hours on the bike including the lunch stop. i've told her that a 400 mile ride is a little different and there is an endurance factor to rides that long. she told me she pushed two kids out of her with no drugs so she thinks she can handle 8-9 hours on a bike.

i am 50 yrs old and she is 40something and we both are in good shape. what i have, 2011 RGC with detachable king size tour pack and a 2010 roadking seat (which she likes very much) because the passenger portion of the stock RGC seat is lacking. she has no complaints about the wind and is totally comfortable on these fun rides.

im going to get her all the basics like rain gear, at least a 3/4 helmet with a face shield (she only has a 1/2 helmet now), cool dry weather riding gear, (she needs chaps and better gloves).

i'm needing some help. could you guys ask your wives/girlfriends that passenger with you to post advice on this thread on what she needs to make this ride a success so she will want to do it again? i'm trying to come up with everything i can think of to make it the best but i'm a rider and a guy not a passenger and female so there may be things i dont even think of.


you men can post also if you know what your ladies have wished for or not needed afterall.

this is what we will be on. notice the tour pack on the fridge and the back end of the roadking seat on the cushion on the left side of the photo (the seat with the studs on it). thanks for any help you can give us. i really want this to work out because i want to do it a lot more with her.

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The fact that you're considering what she wants is a step in the right direction. It's been my experience that if you make her agenda your agenda, you will both enjoy the ride much more. 400 miles in a day is a snap, especially with a great destination.



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It honestly sounds like you have your bases covered. Comfortable riding gear, protection from the elements, i.e. rain definitly a must. If she doesn't have any issues with 100 miles she should be ok with 400 as long as your takin breaks along the way. I definitly wouldn't recommend doin an Iron Butt run for Niagra Falls. Once your rear end, back, etc, start hurtin the fun meter starts to decline REALLY fast.

Oh yea, and plan ahead for packing... Take whatever she wants divided by the space factor. Enjoy the ride.

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Sounds like your in good shape, just stop for breaks often as she needs. My wife likes to sight see and is fine just chillin, but i have a buddy who's wife will bring a book to read while riding. Not my favorite idea, i'd rather her pay attention a little, but just an option.
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I've ridden since I started riding 5 years about about 40,000 miles and of that, I would say that my wife has been on about 70% of those miles. First thing is first the seat which you have covered, and secondly the height of the backrest/trunk (i'm still working on, but you got covered). Those are the two things that my wife has mentioned in the past that contribute directly to comfort and long distance riding oh and stopping at least every 100 miles to stretch, hell, I do this for myself. I really keep her engaged in the moto lifestyle by encouraging her to look at helmets and jackets and clothes. She like to shop so my moto trips usually include some king of shopping. I don't mind, I'm a pretty relaxed guy anyways.

I do know that my wife prefers a full face helmet on long trips. She is tiny and has a small head so half helmets don't sit very well and typically push back. She says with the full face she doesn't have to worry about that.

I bought her a pair of Icon Bombshell boots that are (....and yes i know this...) wedge boots. She says they are much more comfortable keeping them on the footpeg/floorboard.

She has a multi-layer jacket, that is water resistant, has an insulated liner, and is decent in warm weather too. She typically doesnt get that hot in the summer anyways. She also has much more substantial jackets for the winter as well.

two pairs of gloves. skinny thing leather gloves and thicker warmer gloves. used depending on the season.

Oh, she has a zapp head band that she likes to keep in her hair in it. She doesn't like her hair to get knotted up.

I'm sure there is more I'll think off, but last and not least, I don't have trunk now, but I will soon, but I usually designate one saddlebag or 3/4 of a trunk (on last bike I had) for her to buy stuff and fit it in.

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Just a few observations from doing this for a few years.

Make sure she has enough room back there to move around even if you have to use one of George's tour pak relocators.

Floorboards instead of pegs for her will allow for some leg movement and different places to put her feet. Considering how often I move my own feet around for comfort, this would be a must have item. I know they don't look cool on a custom but it takes 5 minutes to swap them out and she will reward you well for them!

Earplugs on long rides will help with fatigue.

Stop often to stretch your legs, especially on those long rides.

Do a couple 200+ mile days to break in "the seat" before the long ride if ya know what I mean.

If and when she finds an issue with her comfort, it's best to handle it ASAP with any means nessassary including an open wallet. You know cause when momma ain't happy...........
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Just a few observations from doing this for a few years.

Make sure she has enough room back there to move around even if you have to use one of George's tour pak relocators.

Floorboards instead of pegs for her will allow for some leg movement and different places to put her feet. Considering how often I move my own feet around for comfort, this would be a must have item. I know they don't look cool on a custom but it takes 5 minutes to swap them out and she will reward you well for them!

Earplugs on long rides will help with fatigue.

Stop often to stretch your legs, especially on those long rides.

Do a couple 200+ mile days to break in "the seat" before the long ride if ya know what I mean.

If and when she finds an issue with her comfort, it's best to handle it ASAP with any means nessassary including an open wallet. You know cause when momma ain't happy...........
The floorboards went a long way on our first road trip together (4500 miles/2 weeks). I even picked up a set of Kuryakin adjustable passenger pegs on the road and added them along the way and that was even better for her.
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I'm from Buffalo, Niagra Falls is a great trip. If you have passports bring them. The Canadian side is a way better view and Clifton St is a blast, all kinds of stuff to do. Hit Fort Niagara it is over the Peace Bridge.

Do you have coms ie. Boom Audio? I just got a set of Sena SMH 10's http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0054CVBKC

Thisi is the twin pack to save money

They work well in my modular helmet. Offers Coms, Music from smart phone or mp3 player, you can make calls as it has Bluetooth.
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i'm liking what i'm hearing so far, thanks for the quick replies.

i do have a few things on my agenda.

time of year... i'm thinking mid september. i rode to indy in may to see the indy 500 with a buddy of mine this year and it was roasting going and even hotter coming back (mid 90's with zero cloud cover). we rode it hard with limited stops. i dont want to put her through that on her first long one so i figured mid september would give early fallish 70-80 degree weather with plenty of stretch stops.

she looked at the bike and asked how much storage she got. i told her one saddle bag for her, one for me, and the tourpack for traveling essentials. she looked at me with a raised eyebrow so ive already looked up a rack for my tourpack and i like the HD collapsible premuim rack bag. all i need is one saddle bag so the rest will be for her.

floor boards for her is a great idea. i was cruising ebay for some used ones(like to save $$ when i can) and came across some boards that replace just the pegs and still use the arm the stock peg attaches to. they were $65 for the pair so i'm gonna try those out. usually when she's not on the bike i go solo seat and take off the pass pegs.


i'm gonna have her google some of brand names you are posting to see if she thinks she can use those items.
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