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Jul 28th 2021, 05:59 PM   #1
tj0
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  Aug 2020
  Vancouver, WA

  2019 Suzuki SV650X
Another new rider joined the ranks!

About six months ago, right after I got my endorsement and started putting on miles any chance I could, my ol lady said she was entertaining the idea. Figured it was just a passing thing... sure, whatever. Well, it wasn't. Put her through the LTR course at SW Motorcycle Safety for the awesome training with great instructors -- I'm not affiliated just a big fan. Take their OTR course if you get the chance! Anyways, she passed with 90% and now has her permit! Super proud as she's never ridden anything motorized, and can't even drive a stick shift.

This weekend, we picked up her first bike. Given she's borderline "little person" stature, we went with a 2021 Honda Rebel 500 ABS. Riding it home from the dealership, it felt like riding a toy to me. It's small, light, nimble, not a whole lot of grunt from the right wrist, and brakes are forgiving to someone full fisting the lever.

This is the look of a very excited wifey.



So far we've done a couple parking lot practice sessions and I'm blown away by how quickly she's picked this up. She makes U turns better than many decades-long experienced riders I've seen.

Just figured I'd share this here. Pretty exciting stuff, and it's important to celebrate new riders coming into the fold. Also thought I'd ask for any advice on things we should focus on aside from quick stops, swerves, and general slow speed maneuvers. She's reading Proficient Motorcycling and will read Total Control after she gets a few hundred miles on the road. Anything else we should be considering? Or is it just seat time at this point?
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Jul 29th 2021, 04:19 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Congrats! I think you have nailed the prelims, training, good gear, good reading. Yes, nothing beats seat time.

My bride took to her own bike after nearly 20 years of looking at the back of my helmet. One of the trainers told her it was very important to ride every day if possible, which she did, we would get up at 5am and do an hour of local putting, a little freeway, all before work.

That 500 should be good for a while, out grown in 10 months like my wife's Buell Blast, but being rider friendly it is very helpful to build the confidence and skills that will make moving up to bigger/more powerful bikes will need. I was able to lower her next 2 bikes...SV-650 and Ninja 650R, and she did 5 track days in 10 years. She also rode a TW-200 off road and I think that helped her street skills.

You two have fun and take lots of pics, but stress to stay vigilant as they are out to kill us in cars!
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Jul 29th 2021, 05:11 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
Congrats to your boss. That Rebel will give her many years of grins and fun.

As for helping her get some seat time so that she might grow, find some fun back roads with a combination of nice sweepers and some tighter ones and tool up and down them at a relaxed pace to let her get comfortable with linking stuff up and getting a feel for setting up corners. Start with you being in the lead so that she can see the sort of lines that you take (make 'em good ones ) then after a while put her in the lead so that she can sort stuff out. Also, when you are taking point, try to avoid compression braking, using the rear brake instead. The brake light in front of her will give her valuable intel on setting corner speeds.
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Jul 29th 2021, 05:24 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100 and Moto Guzzi V7 III Milano
If you don't already have them, then I would suggest a set of Cardo bluetooth communicators. Instruction is far more effective when it's in real time, not to mention all the other benefits of comms.
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Jul 29th 2021, 05:50 AM   #5
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
Welcome to the 'hood. Great choices on the training and skills practice. Be alert and ride like every cage driver is out to do you harm
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Jul 29th 2021, 03:11 PM   #6
tj0
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  Aug 2020
  Vancouver, WA

  2019 Suzuki SV650X
Thanks for the input all! We set her up with my old freecom as that makes real-time feedback during the practice sessions super easy.

Had her practicing weaves on the street in front of our house yesterday evening (it's a dead end, we're the last house on the street), and unfortunately she had her first spill. Bruised her foot and ego, scraped up the muffler a little bit, but otherwise is ok. I did the same thing in the same exact spot when I first got my bike, so I've deemed that spot the Ride of Passage for a new rider. Damn street has taken out several bikes (not just ours) since we've lived here that I've witnessed, so I think it's appropriate. It has a bit of a slope on our end so it makes u turns a bit more complicated than doing em on a flat surface.

She learned that you gotta be in the friction zone, looking where you want to go regardless of whatever else may be happening (our four year old daughter was cheering her on -- distracted mama), and if it gets uneasy feeling, let out the clutch a bit more with smooth throttle. I think she looked at the ground as the bike's weight transferred since she got nervous due to the bike being unstable, and then pulled in the clutch. Bike went down right after.

I asked this in every class I've been in with SW moto safety, and haven't really gained a clear answer. Is anyone aware of how a citizen could take the police moto training? Seeing those guys handle their bikes is impressive, and I'd love to get myself and my ol lady through such a class.
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Jul 30th 2021, 05:16 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
Maybe contact these guys?

Motorcycle training curriculum - NW Motorcycle School
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Jul 30th 2021, 09:55 AM   #8
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2021 Z H2 SE
All good suggestions.

Mine is in the garage - if she doesn't already do the checks on her bike herself - tires, chain tension & lube, adjusting controls/levers to fit, oil changes, etc., then doing so might really raise her confidence in the machine knowing she checked it over herself.

If you don't have one yet, then a pilgrimage to get swingarm spools and a rear stand to do these things is time (and cash) well spent.
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Jul 30th 2021, 12:07 PM   #9
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  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
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Jul 30th 2021, 01:09 PM   #10
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  Aug 2020
  Vancouver, WA

  2019 Suzuki SV650X
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All good suggestions.

Mine is in the garage - if she doesn't already do the checks on her bike herself - tires, chain tension & lube, adjusting controls/levers to fit, oil changes, etc., then doing so might really raise her confidence in the machine knowing she checked it over herself.

If you don't have one yet, then a pilgrimage to get swingarm spools and a rear stand to do these things is time (and cash) well spent.
That's actually on the list of lessons for this weekend. Her bike, her responsibility to make sure it's safe (I'll still do my own checks just to be 100% sure). She'll be learning how to do all the maintenance as well so the bike becomes as much a part of her as possible.

Definitely need to pick up some swingarm spools for her bike though. Have a rear stand already (only gets used for maintenance as I ride year round) but can't easily lift a bike without spools.

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Aug 1st 2021, 03:42 PM   #11
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2021 Z H2 SE
Good deal!

And true enough about spools. Years ago though, I ran a couple of stainless allen-head bolts into the threaded lugs on the swingarm (with blue locktite). They held just fine. Spools are definitely better, though!
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Aug 2nd 2021, 02:05 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  1987 FZR 1000, 2020 BMW S1000RR
Get her on this forum and have her reach out to other riders like her. They are a wealth of information and also have a ton of experience from her viewpoint.
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Aug 2nd 2021, 05:46 PM   #13
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  Aug 2020
  Vancouver, WA

  2019 Suzuki SV650X
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Get her on this forum and have her reach out to other riders like her. They are a wealth of information and also have a ton of experience from her viewpoint.
Now that's a great idea! I wish this forum was a bit more active, but there is still some discussion happening here. I'll have her sign up this evening.
Aug 3rd 2021, 07:21 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
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Now that's a great idea! I wish this forum was a bit more active, but there is still some discussion happening here. I'll have her sign up this evening.
Get her signed up, send her to me, and I'll reach out to ltlpagan and introduce them. She's a good head and has loads of contacts in the Vanquiver area.
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