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Bought my GTV 250 in Februay, did the MSF Course, got the license, have a couple hundred miles under my belt, and am comfortable at 40 mph.

Share your experience with wife/girlfriend's first scooter ride.
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My wife went for her first scooter ride the day the Vespa came home.

She went for her first ride on my Ducati 620 and my 696 the day those came home, too.

Her first ride on her 696 was to ride it home from the dealer.

She hasn't ridden on the back of any of them yet.
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Re: When do you take your wife on her first ride?
gbwjr wrote:
Bought my GTV 250 in Februay, did the MSF Course, got the license, have a couple hundred miles under my belt, and am comfortable at 40 mph.

Share your experience with wife/girlfriend's first scooter ride.
After you guys pratice in a parking lot or a closed corse. also when your comfortable at 70MPH and don't second guess your riding.
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I concur with 175... unless you really have some two up experience under your belt i would wait... or go to a large parking lot and then ask your wife to hop on ... if you can do figure eight's comfortably with your wife and her understanding her role while your riding i would wait before you take her out... let her experience a sudden stop in a parking lot , full acceleration from stop and while moving and some quick left , right maneuver's .... etc i'd would wait... nothing like experience .. just my .02$
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We called them scooters......
.....in 1970 I had a '56 Harley Davidson, took my furture wife for a ride......so she new what she was getting into..........40 years ago.
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mstevens wrote:
My wife went for her first scooter ride the day the Vespa came home.

She went for her first ride on my Ducati 620 and my 696 the day those came home, too.

Her first ride on her 696 was to ride it home from the dealer.

She hasn't ridden on the back of any of them yet.
My ex was the same way, no matter what it was, bikes, sleds, atv's there was no way in hell she would ride behind me... the truth of the matter is I had a hard time keeping up to her!!! she's a good rider!


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She was riding her own small motorcycle before I even met her.
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I feel like you are the only member on this board that is qualified to answer that question.

When you are absolutely certain that you can handle the bike and keep 2 people safe, I would take her about a week after that.

My wife thinks I am a good rider so she is comfortable with me and the only thing going thru my mind the entire time is "keep her safe, she is very important".

Have fun,
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Well, she's not my wife yet... but it was pretty early on when I first got the scoot. I'd been riding mopeds and such since I was a kid, though, so I was already comfortable with 1-up riding. I took it slow and she squeezed the air out of me on her first ride, but we worked into it and now I'm happier riding 2-up with her than I am by myself

I don't recommend jumping immediately right into 2-up riding if you are new to PTWs. Ride a bit 1-up to get comfortable with the machine and how it handles. Because once you pop a passenger on there it will feel like you are maneuvering a boat the first time. So get comfortable with the machine and your own abilities first, then take the next step of adding a little more weight near the rear axle (a girl). Just remember, when you are riding alone you're putting yourself in danger, but when you are riding 2-up you're putting someone you love in danger too. So don't rush it But honestly, it's not a big big thing... once you do get comfortable with a passenger you don't even notice. Your motor system will just adjust the way you do your balancing and whatnot without you even thinking about it.

Oh, one other thing - make sure they know the rules. A passenger's sudden flinches can throw the balance of the machine off in an emergency. Your passenger needs some way to know when it is safe to get on, when it is safe to get off, and how they should behave on the scooter. Encourage them not to "backseat" maneuver - like I said, if she sees a pothole and doesn't trust you will do what needs to get done, and she starts to lean back or away from it a little, and maybe grips you too hard... well it can screw you up! And where you might normally have maneuvered out of it fine, now you ARE in a bad position because when you tried to lean the machine your passenger was doing something which made it fight your maneuver. So, set some on-board safety rules and make sure they trust you completely and are going to be good about staying still. They're safety depends on them not interfering with your control of the scoot.
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I thought this was a trick question, and was going to answer on your wedding night

I put about 1,000 miles on the Vespa before I did any two up riding, and I had about 5,000 miles on a 50cc at the point I bought the GT. I also put about 1,000 miles on the Electra Glide before I took her out on that rig (couldn't tell she was back there on the Electra!).

I may have ridden too much according to some, and not enough according to others, but I was very comfortable with both machines before I dropped the old lady on the back end. I think that is the rule - when you are really comfortable riding the (pick your scooter/MC) then go with a passenger.
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mstevens wrote:
My wife went for her first scooter ride the day the Vespa came home.

She went for her first ride on my Ducati 620 and my 696 the day those came home, too.

Her first ride on her 696 was to ride it home from the dealer.

She hasn't ridden on the back of any of them yet.
your wife rules
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Funny my wife rode with me all the time. Then we got married and no more.
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Make sure she has good safety gear. I rode behind my husband on his motorbike for several years after we were married (until he sold the bike. Now we both ride Vespas.)

He's an Toreador Pants guy and he *insisted* that I must wear a full face helmet, jacket and gloves for every ride. I did as he said just to please him. I knew *nothing* about bike safety and safety gear. Now I understand why he insisted and I agree with him whole-heartedly.

If your wife doesn't know about helmets etc, it's up to you to advise her. As an earlier poster said, she's important and her safety is in your hands.
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Go and stand in the corner T5
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This was my wife Debs on her first time on the GT.
No Toreador Pants comments please.

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My wife rides her own...but before she got her own, I took her pretty soon after I got mine. It should be stated, however, that I had a LOT of 2-up riding experience growing up with my sister and various cousins.
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