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 Post subject: Finally, our first 'real' ride together...
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:55 pm 
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My wife has had her "M" endorsement for 11 months now, and logged maybe 30 miles since then.

Due to our current circumstances, it is extremely hard to find time to ride together, maybe a quick ride around the block one day, etc.

Yesterday, we finally got a chance to ride together. It was hot, but we kept cool as long as we were moving.

It was only a 53 mile round trip ride, but it is a lot for a new rider. Surprisingly, she loved every minute of it. Still fumbling with the gear shifter occassionally, but has not really had any issues.

Delaware has a coastal backroad, Rte 9, and is frequented by motorcyclists. The speed limit is 40 in most areas, so I figured it would be a good starting place.

Now we are discussing making an overnight trip somewhere this fall.

Here is a pic of a parking area overlooking the Delaware River where we stopped briefly.



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Could this explain why some of the fish caught there have more than one head??? :P

That power plant is about 3-4 miles from the shore. That's how big it is. Island is manmade. It is always discussed in terrorist plots according to the papers... :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:19 pm 
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Some of the best fishing is by the nuke plants in our area...although it does cause some fights when the two heads each take a different line :P Who gets to claim the fish :shrug:

I'm glad the two of you got to go for a ride together. Which one of you lead? I prefer my husband to lead because I don't know the backroads around here as well as he does. He prefers if I lead so that I set the pace and he keeps people from tailgating me.

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I do the leading, since I am the man of the house... :P

Actually, I believe all new riders should ride behind experienced riders, since the new riders are still learning how to operate the bikes, and the leader keeps an eye out for any upcoming dangers. Yes, we have had a couple tailgaters riding our rears, but we pull over safely and let them go.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:12 pm 
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I just don't know which roads should be avoided because of extremely bad conditions. The pavement is so bad on a couple that you basically have to go to 2nd and pick your way around the biggest potholes. We got lucky one day...a Smart car fell into one first, so we just rode over the roof :P
It isn't so bad if it is only for a hundred yards or so, but some of them stretch for a couple of kilometers. Meanwhile, if you continue one road further before you turn, the pavement is fine. The roads are good for learning precision steering though. Plain dirt roads would actually be better, since they get graded and treated for dust several times a year.

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Seems it's been a long wait for you both.
You should make a date with her ahead of
time and enjoy another ride soon!
Maybe a ride to breakfast...

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Took our second ride together this morning. This time it was a 100 mile trip. I kept waiting for my wife to complain about something like she does while riding in cars. Not one peep. Looks like she may be hooked to riding.

Shot of our bikes at a fuel station in Smyrna, DE:


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Way cool.

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I was just down through the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in VA. Next week should be pretty much peak for the folliage. That would make a great trip for an over-nighter or two! The Skyline Drive has a top speed of 35mph and the Blue Ridge is 45. It's really easy riding with some great views! Saw a black bear cross behind us, tons of squirrels and several deer... Good thing the speed limit is slow!

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Grats on this. I am still waiting for my wife to want to ride more. It may never happen though. I have mixed feelings. It would be fun to have her along, but it is fun to go alone too...


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I would love to get my wife on her own bike but it will never happen. She and machinery just don't play well together. She would rather mow the lawn with a push mower than using the riding mower.

She does log a lot of pillion miles though.

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mine's the same way, won't use the self propel on the walk behind mower :roll:


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Hello from DE -- I recognize all those places. You're right, Rt. 9 WOULD be a good place to ride. I should check it out. I used to take that route (from Dover) by car and it was one of the bumpiest roads around, but lots of sportster packs were there. How are the roads now? That place floods like crazy at the little bridges when it rains.


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Awesome. :D

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SG-1 wrote:
Shot of our bikes at a fuel station in Smyrna, DE:


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Dang. I really miss my nighthawk. Actually, yours is so clean, I think I miss YOUR nighthawk. :lol:
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:D

Really, it is an awesome bike. I am seriously thinking of getting a welder and making my own luggage & trunk racks, since I am tired of dealing with wet saddlebag issues and really want hard luggage.

As for my wife, she could not understand why I always have that ear to ear grin while on a motorcycle, so she took the class. Now she understands.

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LaFazinator wrote:
Hello from DE -- I recognize all those places. You're right, Rt. 9 WOULD be a good place to ride. I should check it out. I used to take that route (from Dover) by car and it was one of the bumpiest roads around, but lots of sportster packs were there. How are the roads now? That place floods like crazy at the little bridges when it rains.


The roads did not seem too bad, but then again, we were going at a slow pace. Still have to watch out for those strange-looking families standing in the roads while fishing in the waters on either side.

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Jim:

There's a guy on one of the Nighthawk fora that is fabricating a set of racks that will mimic the now--unavailable Givi rack for the NH. If you want, I can put you in touch; if it pans out, he plans to go into limited production.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally, our first 'real' ride together...
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:11 pm 
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Testing pictures on this new forum theme, nothing new here.





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 Post subject: Re: Finally, our first 'real' ride together...
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See, now I'm missing my Hawk again. Heck, I'm missing RIDING. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Finally, our first 'real' ride together...
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Snow machine?

(I seem to remember that you despised the ones at work, but, if it is your own, you do the maintenance)

and from experience, light machines are much easier to dig out when they bury themselves...

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