Have you been on a motorcycle?

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Or driven(if that's the correct terminology) one? How was it? I'm sort of interested but also scared as hell..
Yes, I've been on several, from sporty types to more more comfortable roadsters. DH bought a Honda Shadow a few years ago that we still have, but no longer runs (likely needs new battery) as well as a little red hot Ninja that would be a great starter bike and is small enough for a woman/teen to handle. Would love to sell the Ninja, but we both want to keep the bigger Honda for future outings...eventually.

I like riding, I'm a horse gal myself but the feeling of being open and taking in all the smells, feelings of the air, and holding on tight to you man are awesome
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When I lived in the DR, my dad had one, so I rode it fairly often. Come to think of it, without a helmet!
Also, you can pay for rides on one like you would from a taxi. And really, no helmet for that either. They're usually smaller, less powerful motorcycles than what I think of when someone mentions a motorcycle, though.
Nope, I am scared to death of them! My dad who worked in an ER for 20 years only gave me one piece of advice in his entire life and that is never get on a motorcycle. He said people who ride motorcycles are known as "organ donors" in the medical world. He has told me enough gruesome stories that I am now petrified of them. If one of my 4 boys really wants to rebel against me, he will get a motorcycle someday!

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I ride on the back of DH's Honda Goldwing. He has had a few other motorcycles before this one, but this is the only one that is at all comfortable for the passenger. He is VERY careful but I still do worry.

He would like me to learn to drive a motorcycle and get my license, but I don't think so. Sometimes I'm a bit tempted to get a scooter -- they are making scooters that are quite large these days. I could ride to work in nice weather -- BUT the helmet would squash my curls, so that kills that idea.
I've ridden? (rode?) on a motorcycle a few times. It's fun. It's probably more fun to drive it, but I didn't even know how to drive a car then.

It was scary at first but if you ride with someone who knows what they're doing, and depending on what type of bike it is, the ride is smooth sailing.

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Thanks for the responses. So dumb question, but how do you stay secured in one? Or are you not, basically?
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Thanks for the responses. So dumb question, but how do you stay secured in one? Or are you not, basically?
Originally Posted by Josephine
Some bikes, like roadsters (I guess this is more accurately called a "standard touring") have pretty comfortable passenger seats with arm and foot rests and everything. That was a more comfortable ride because you just sit and relax. On the back of my friends Suzuki tho... I just had to hold on lol

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In my younger days, I have ridden on the back of a motorcycle a few times. I wouldn't do it now though. Not after caring for brain damaged former-motorcycle-riders in nursing homes and spinal-cord rehab hospitals. No thanks. It's just too risky. No matter how careful the rider is, you just can't account for the fact that cars and trucks just can't see motorcycles well enough not to hit them in alarming numbers.
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I rode a bunch of bikes in my motorcycle class in order to get my license. Then I rode a scooter (classic vespa style) for a while. It was so fun, once I got comfortable with it.
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In my younger days, I have ridden on the back of a motorcycle a few times. I wouldn't do it now though. Not after caring for brain damaged former-motorcycle-riders in nursing homes and spinal-cord rehab hospitals. No thanks. It's just too risky. No matter how careful the rider is, you just can't account for the fact that cars and trucks just can't see motorcycles well enough not to hit them in alarming numbers.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
It's an unfortunate truth that most motorcycle accidents are caused by larger vehicles hitting them because they didn't see them and not the actual riders. Someone recently was killed here on one while waiting at a traffic light. A car rear-ended him. The driver said she didn't see him there. It happens often.

I've ridden a motorcycle, but not since before I got pregnant with my first child. My sue and has a Honda Shadow that hasn't been getting any use since then because it's become impractical. He's probably going to sell it soon because he feels it's a shame to just have it sitting around, not being used, and only started every month or so to keep it working.
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I rode on the back of my boyfriends Honda-something. Once. For like 5 minutes, not going much over 25 mph.

I wanted to get the courage to do it again, perhaps for a longer period of time, but I haven't yet.

And no, you're not secured at all. You're perched on the back of the seat like a canary.

I'd probably be more comfortable on a different seat.


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Hubby has a Triumph Rocket 3. It's a monster. I really don't like riding on the motorcycle. It just doesn't feel comfortable.
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I am a rider - as in I ride my own motorcycle. I have (which I am selling) a Yamaha 1100 VStar Classic. This is a touring bike, which sits very differently than a sports bike. You are seating in a 'chair' position with your brake and gear in front of you rather than in a racing position where you are seated higher on the bike, more pressure on the arms and hands, and more importantly brake and gear are behind your knees.

When I took my rider's class (in NM, as a newbie rider, in order to pass the MVD test, you have to take the MSF class - the only way to pass the test and get the skills necessary to ride) the first thing the instructor said was "If you want to ride, you have to understand the risks first. Not everyone who rides will die, but those who die on their motorcycles do so because they weren't riding properly, didn't have the right habits or weren't focused on riding." Trust me, that was a very sobering fact to hear!

Riding a motorcycle is a very high risk activity. My mom is as nurse and trust me, I would hear tons of stories from her about 'donor-cycles' and the life-altering accidents.

Therefore, my only advice to someone wanting to ride, male or female is this - are you ready to take the risks because the probability of you dying on the road increases tenfold on a motorcycle.

Don't get me wrong - I love riding! But I have given it up and hence the selling of my bike. I felt great independance and strength in riding. I was a damn good rider too! But the fact that my mom and my bf worry execessively while I am on the bike just isn't worth it anymore. After my father passed, my urge ride ended too. Now, when I see riders on their bikes I feel a twinge of jealousy, but I know I am doing the right thing.

Take a course in riding. I took my through the MSF - they offer local classes in most cities in the US and Canada. They are reputatible and offer a variety of courses based on your experience.

Just keep in mind, riding is risky. It's fun, its adventurous and the open road is so different than driving a car! You will see the world in a completely different way. It takes a whole of practice and courage to ride!! Good luck!!

Link to MSF: Motorcycle Safety Foundation
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I have ridden on the backs of several bikes behind hubby, and have ridden on my own scooter. I enjoy it greatly, although frequently there is no backrest, and you have a rail or strap to hold. Backrests are better, and big cruiser (think a Harley Davidson) are more comfy because the seat is more generous.
I dont think it is super dangerous, but I doubt I will ride if I have kids. I agree with the previous poster... Most of the danger in a bike comes from other vehicles on the road. I am a very cautious : I maintain an even speed at the appropriate limit, avoid unnecessary lane shifting, signal to communicate, try to stay out of blind spots, etc. and yet I have had a few close calls. Literally every single close call was when I was in plain view and the driver of the car was on the telephone. People *can* see motorcycles, they just choose not to. You actually have to train your eyes to scan for vehicles of smaller sizes, not just cars. I got rear-ended 4 times in a compact car, and everytime, it was a giant SUV driver who claimed my car was too small to see.
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I've ridden on the back of many motorcycles over the years. Have only driven one a few times. Not interested in owning my own. I prefer to ride on the back, talk to the driver, and take lots of pictures. I'm a really good rider and it makes it safer for everyone when the rider is relaxed on the bike.
Mr Harley always has 2 or 3 Harleys at a time and we ride often in the summer (he goes south for the winter so no riding for me til he comes home in the summer).
It can be extremely dangerous. I have seen more than a few fatal crashes. Mr Harley has been in some minor wrecks and one very bad crash. We've had many close calls but we don't wear helmets and we ride very fast. We love it and know the risks.
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I've ridden on the back of many motorcycles over the years. Have only driven one a few times. Not interested in owning my own. I prefer to ride on the back, talk to the driver, and take lots of pictures. I'm a really good rider and it makes it safer for everyone when the rider is relaxed on the bike.
Mr Harley always has 2 or 3 Harleys at a time and we ride often in the summer (he goes south for the winter so no riding for me til he comes home in the summer).
It can be extremely dangerous. I have seen more than a few fatal crashes. Mr Harley has been in some minor wrecks and one very bad crash. We've had many close calls but we don't wear helmets and we ride very fast. We love it and know the risks.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Why don't you wear helmets? Does it feel better without?

Thanks for the advice gemidevi, but im definitely not interested in riding! It doesnt appeal to me much but I've always wanted to try riding on the back with someone once.
I've ridden on the back of many motorcycles over the years. Have only driven one a few times. Not interested in owning my own. I prefer to ride on the back, talk to the driver, and take lots of pictures. I'm a really good rider and it makes it safer for everyone when the rider is relaxed on the bike.
Mr Harley always has 2 or 3 Harleys at a time and we ride often in the summer (he goes south for the winter so no riding for me til he comes home in the summer).
It can be extremely dangerous. I have seen more than a few fatal crashes. Mr Harley has been in some minor wrecks and one very bad crash. We've had many close calls but we don't wear helmets and we ride very fast. We love it and know the risks.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Why don't you wear helmets? Does it feel better without?

Thanks for the advice gemidevi, but im definitely not interested in riding! It doesnt appeal to me much but I've always wanted to try riding on the back with someone once.
Originally Posted by Josephine
I don't like the way they feel, the way they look, they make it hard to see and hard to hear. Of course some will immediately say that if I die in a crash it won't matter. But the risk is ours to take and we take it. When you ride as fast as we do, a helmet is not gonna save us. That's another risk that is ours to take.
I like the feeling without a helmet. Tho if it's really cold, we do wear them once in awhile. Or if we go to a state where it's required, of course.
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Wow you are far braver than I am... I would be terrified to ride without a helmet. Then again we have laws for that where I live. I had my faceshield up one time and I took a grasshopper in the face going about 45 mph. Thing gave me a black eye! I ride with a full face helmet. I don't feel restricted, but then, I have never tried anything else. I have only fallen off once, and it was in training, but I faceplanted, and would have broken my jaw if I didn't have a full helmet, so I am grateful for it. I know it won't do much for me at freeway speeds, but bopping around town, it keeps me feeling secure.
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Jeep, what do you do about the bugs and the wind if you don't have a face shield? (I'm not trying to be funny, I'm genuinely curious.)
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