Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
My fiancee got her license like 5 years ago because her boyfriend at the time told her that motorcycles aren't for women. Her being the type that will do anything just because someone says she can't, went right out and got her license. She really didn't ride much after that though until the last few months. She started eyeballing my F4 bu at the same time was scared to death of it. We looked around and finally decided on a Buell Blast. Almost the same weight at the Honda, but a way lower seat height, so she felt comfortable learning on it. Once she got used to the weight she was ready to try the F4. We ended up having about 1.75" taken out by Lindeman Engineering so she could get the balls of her feet down, and off she went! She is learning at her own pace, and doing an amazing job.
The point to the story is that if your wife wants to ride, she will. Sounds to me that she is not quite ready yet to take the step, but she's heading that way. Take her out on your bike with you, show her how fun and safe it is, and she'll become more and more interested. Let her learn at her own pace, and encourage her at every step. The worst thing you can do is be critical, let her figure things out, and offer advice when she needs it. Other than that, just give it time. Good luck!
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