Yea I have taken a 200 mile ride but stopped like every 50 miles or so for breaks and catching a foot cramp or leg cramp is terrible while riding on the freeway! and yes you guys should do it together get 2 bikes lol it will make your relationship stronger and gives you guys another interest to share and talk about.... also dont let the dealer sell you the bike for more then MSRP because it's a Repsol! my dealer out the gate asked 5599 i laugh in his face and said the most i will pay is MSRP 4599 also be careful of the hidden fees like the shipping and building the bike get these before hand and double and triple check the price for each fee before you sign!!! and ask can you finance gear 5 to 10 dollars a month extra for good gear is worth it!
I too have doubts about doing a 100+ mile drive every day, but thankfully she has a good relatively new car (fully paid). In all honesty i think she just really wants to ride a bike lol.
After thinking about it I fully support it, and i think its ******************** awesome. What guy wouldn't want a sexy girlfriend who also rides a motorcycle. However I'm going to make sure I push the classes and safety gear on her as much as possible.
As long as she keeps it safe I'm going to be happy. I personally can't afford the classes right now, but in a couple months I most likely will get them myself. She can't be the only one who ride that bike lol
Thanks again guys!
In that case, why not get a bike too and ride with her in the weekends? Use the car for commuting and the bike for weekend relaxation. That should be a heap of fun and much less dangerous (if you pick the right roads). I wish I had someone like that to ride with
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... also dont let the dealer sell you the bike for more then MSRP because it's a Repsol! my dealer out the gate asked 5599 i laugh in his face and said the most i will pay is MSRP 4599 also be careful of the hidden fees like the shipping and building the bike get these before hand and double and triple check the price for each fee before you sign!!! and ask can you finance gear 5 to 10 dollars a month extra for good gear is worth it!
And he said, "I'm sorry, Sir, I didn't realize with whom I was dealing, and yes, you may have it for 4599."
I say get her a metrolink ticket and keep the bike around for short haul. I did 55 mike commutes from San Bernardino to DT LA for the limited time I owned the weeb and it was mentally exhausting trying to split through that on a daily basis.
I assume she works in SFV since most studios are in that area.
Even here in sunny southern California it gets a little cold in the winter. It feels even colder when you're on a bike and the sun is going down . . especially your hands and feet. Good cold weather gloves, boots and wool socks would be a great help. Acquiring the gear is all a part of the commitment of owning and riding the bike.
CycleGear also has sales (now and all he time). You can usually get a bargain (good value for money) there.
70 miles in 60F can be a long cold ride. That may not be Canada cold but after a few miles in the dark it might as well be.
. . . It's pointless to race between Starbucks', around here they are 300 yards apart!
I live in San Diego, where it's always great weather, and to the guy above, there are a TON of design jobs in OC and San Diego. Most video game studios all have huge buildings in San Diego.
But anyways, for sure on the msf course, even if you can't do it with her, you can go and watch, and then take it at a later time... And this may sound cheesy but one thing I did to help learn was to watch the dmv riding test, and go to the dmv that had it painted on the ground and do the test every weekend when the dmv was closed. It really helps with clutch control when doing the circle and the cones.
As for freeway riding and splitting lanes, don't push yourself, if that means riding on streets to get the hang of it then take it slow, learn to split lanes on streets at the lights to get comfortable with being so close to other cars. Then when your comfortable riding you can move up to freeway and then slowly move to splitting lanes in traffic... I personally don't go faster then 40-45 while splitting cause it gives me enough leeway in case a car does something stupid, which always happens.
As for gear, always remember, you get what you pay for, so when you see that Bilt full face helmet for 50 bucks, it's cheap for a reason. But cyclegear is a great place to shop, and when it comes to name brands, just focus on what's comfortable and fits right, then worry about names.
As for the long rides, it gets better the more you ride and know what your body can handle, I've done quite a few 150+ rides now and they keep getting easier. I also enjoy riding with groups in the mountains, being with other people doing the same thing, makes the longer rides fun and takes your mind off being uncomfortable a bit.
But this is just my .02 cents so it's up to you and your girl to figure out what works best.
And now that there are more people in socal, we should really get a socal group together for rides but that's for another thread lol
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Is she in San Diego? If so, I'd be happy to ride with her some time, it's great to hear of other girls getting into this sport. There are a few of us on this forum in SoCal. Please send me a message if you need help finding gear for women, or think she might want to go riding at some point. I'm also just getting into this sport, so I understand her beginner's perspective.
For the record, my boyfriend is also a bit scared for me. To ease his (and my) fears, I've invested in as much quality gear as I can(dress to crash), got a really good insurance plan ($$$$), and have decided to stay off the highways. I took the MSF course, bought an ABS bike (only has to work once to be worth it) and have been taking it really slow to start out. If you're in San Diego, I can personally recommend the MSF class offered in San Marcos. It was my first time on a motorcycle, and I learned a LOT. Go here: California Motorcyclist Safety Program
Now I notice a lot of you folks brought up about height....
She's 5'2" (157cm)....so yeah she is short. She got on the bike and felt comfortable.... We have to double check where her feet land on it.... We didn't think about that!
Hello! I am 5"2 and have a 2012 Cbr250r. I bought a lowering kit for my bike which made a HUGE difference. It's a bit pricey but definetly a good investment. You feel much more stable when your feet are planted for obvious reasons. I dropped my bike before getting it lowered since I stalled by accident at a light(it jerked over to one side and I didn't have proper footing to keep it from leaning). My lowering links were in the mail at the time :P
This is a website I set up for my small riding group. If you click on, "Blog + Gallery" it'll take you to a gallery. There is a picture of me on my bike before I had it lowered! (for reference I suppose)