Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas
We rode when dating. Had a KZ1100 with clip-ons and rear sets, so she had a great view. I sold it just before we started having kids as I wasn't riding it much. Bicycles had closer parking on campus. Got my '05 FJR in October '14 after my youngest graduated from high school, and while my wife was helping our daughter with our first granddaughter. She didn't show any interest in riding again. I got her to ride for 15 minutes around the neighborhood. She told me not to buy her a jacket because she wasn't going to ride. I later offered to switch to a Wing if she'd ride with me. She then explained that she isn't interested in wearing a heavy jacket in the summer while having a hot flash. So I've made my peace, waiting for the hot flashes to fade away.
She also doesn't like being left out/behind. She doesn't feel bad about me helping at charity events without her, so I help at charity bicycle rides - American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, MS rides, and others. That gets me a day mostly riding. And I get to commute on the FJR. She's also fine with me doing an Iron Butt, so that is another opportunity.
After riding again for a year, I hit a patch of unmarked gravel in an unmarked construction zone while turning. High sided, landing on my head and shoulder. Broke my collarbone and several ribs. Minor concussion. Asked her if she wanted me to stop riding. She said no, as long as I keep my life insurance up.
My dream is to retire with a "pusher" RV, with a lift/platform on the back for an FJR or Gold Wing, and a hitch to tow a car. Or pull a toy box that holds both.
2005 Yamaha FJR1300 ABS
1981 Kawasaki KZ1100 - Gone
1974 Kawasaki Z1 - Gone