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letting the wife ride the vn750? yes or no?

ok. now i've come to a cross road. the wife is feeling brave and has said more than once that she wants to ride my vn750. so my friends i ask you....do i let her ride?
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can you afford a 2nd bike? 'Cause I think that's where she's heading!
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Absolutely - why not? And if she likes it, I'm with Mike - looks like you'll be looking for another 750!

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The Vulcan IS her bike! She dumped it a few times when learning. Just 2 real slow parking lot tips. No biggie's broken mirror and brake lever.

Trusting her will go a long way with her I think. Plan on a small tip over. But, I think if she wants to ride, nothing goes farther than your trust and support!

IF it goes over, be supportive and encouraging. A small bit of damage can be repaired.

This should be first, has she taken the MSF beginner course? Gotten her license? If she's ridden before.... why not?
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The Vulcan IS her bike! She dumped it a few times when learning. Just 2 real slow parking lot tips. No biggie's broken mirror and brake lever.

Trusting her will go a long way with her I think. Plan on a small tip over. But, I think if she wants to ride, nothing goes farther than your trust and support!

IF it goes over, be supportive and encouraging. A small bit of damage can be repaired.

This should be first, has she taken the MSF beginner course? Gotten her license? If she's ridden before.... why not?
And as we've all admitted here in the last few weeks, those occasional drops are gonna happen anyway. I just bought a couple of spare clutch levers on eBay for myself or anyone else on the Forum who finds him/herself in need of one. I'm finding that the only bike that I'm unlikely to ever drop is my partner's Suzuki S40, which unfortunately is way too small for me. Since one size really doesn't fit all, most of us "come close" - and that always brings the risk of a drop if we're "undertall" for our bikes.

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sure!!! my wife dropped mine a couple times while learning... more like, set it down. nothing damaged other than a minor scuff on the clutch lever, but my vn750 is older and has some dings anyway so its all good. so anyway, she learned the basics on my bike and then we bought her a virago 535 which is a bit smaller and lighter for her first bike. i actually have fun on the virago but since i am 6'5" i look pretty funny on it.
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Has she taken the MSF course yet?
http://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/brc.htm
If she hasn't, having a spouse try to teach their spoise how to rude, on their motorcycle, is NOT the way to do it.
If she doesn't have a motorcycle endorsement or learner's permit then all she can legally do are the parking lot excercises anyway.
http://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/license.htm
I think that is pretty clear cut. If she wants to ride, she has to do some homework first.
If she has taken it then start her out in a parking lot anyway. She knows the basics but she doesn't know your bike.

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short answer - yes!

i too highly recomend MSF course, it is much easier to learn something the right way from the beginning then try to fight a bad habbit that developed latter.

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thanks all. you all have good replies/advice. (as always.)
yes, she (and i both together) took the msf. yes, has her motorcycle endorsement and right now she is ridding a 1980 honda cm400t. that's our first bike we owned and rode on.
i'm in the market for a vulcan 500 for her. she got to ride one last year and loved it. but know she is getting brave and wants to try my 750. but, if she tries it and likes it i may have to start looking for another 750 or a vulcan 500 for me.
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thanks all. you all have good replies/advice. (as always.)
yes, she (and i both together) took the msf. yes, has her motorcycle endorsement and right now she is ridding a 1980 honda cm400t. that's our first bike we owned and rode on.
i'm in the market for a vulcan 500 for her. she got to ride one last year and loved it. but know she is getting brave and wants to try my 750. but, if she tries it and likes it i may have to start looking for another 750 or a vulcan 500 for me.
Seem to be lots of 750s on the market, since some folks jumped at the 900s when they came out. So if she takes your bike , I'm sure you can find another one out there.

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