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putting family at ease as new riders

I would value any input\stories on constructively promoting an apprehensive wive's openness to riding. Any thoughts experiences you can share beyond taking MSF courses (starting that later this month myself)

I am a cautious, responsible adult - my wife already knows\agrees. The usual "I don't trust others out there" .. Do defensive riding courses exist?

Unfortunately we both know people injured and killed in car and motorcycle alike.

Any success stories of family being "won over"? If my case it took time but my wife learned to be A-OK with my firearms interest and shooting hobby.

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I would value any input\stories on constructively promoting an apprehensive wive's openness to riding. Any thoughts experiences you can share beyond taking MSF courses (starting that later this month myself)

I am a cautious, responsible adult - my wife already knows\agrees. The usual "I don't trust others out there" .. Do defensive riding courses exist?

Unfortunately we both know people injured and killed in car and motorcycle alike.

Any success stories of family being "won over"? If my case it took time but my wife learned to be A-OK with my firearms interest and shooting hobby.
Anyone can get hurt or worse at any time under the most innocent of circumstances. It is just a fact of life. Do you increase your chances of an accident while riding a motorcycle? Yes, big time. People refuse to look for cycles, they don't care for cycle riders and then when we have minor situations we have minimal if any protection around us. With all that said, riding is one of the most exciting and enjoyable things you can do that is still legal. My wife was against it but about four or five years ago (I am just a few months short of 63) I went and took the course and have been riding ever since. She knows how much I love to ride and has decided it is better than some of the other things I could have taken up. We just don't mention that I do those things also so all is good for now.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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I would value any input\stories on constructively promoting an apprehensive wive's openness to riding. Any thoughts experiences you can share beyond taking MSF courses (starting that later this month myself)

I am a cautious, responsible adult - my wife already knows\agrees. The usual "I don't trust others out there" .. Do defensive riding courses exist?

Unfortunately we both know people injured and killed in car and motorcycle alike.

Any success stories of family being "won over"? If my case it took time but my wife learned to be A-OK with my firearms interest and shooting hobby.
"Do defensive riding courses exist?" ......Hmm, interesting question.....I have never thought about it that way. I have no idea. the only classes that I know of are the MSC. I wouldn't call them "defensive riding courses". but who knows, maybe there are defensive riding courses out there.

truth be told, you are more likely safer on the range than you are on the road riding a motorcycle. shh, just don't tell your wife that.

funny thing is with my wife, she is the reason I got a motorcycle and I got her to ride her own! but, when it came to guns and range time.....OH BOY, you'd think the world was going to end!

it took decades, but she has come around a little about guns and range time. she has even gone a few times with me.

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I've been on the road riding bikes since I was 16 (27 years ago). Yes there are risks riding a motorcycle, I've had friends killed or seriously injured and I've been hurt a few times myself. You just need to by extra vigilant and as already stated be in the mindset that every other road user is a complete idiot and assume nothing.

My Mother bought me my first field bike at 7 years old and I've never looked back, motorcycles are a massive part of my life, always have been and also will.
My wife is always worried when I go out for a ride, she has no interest in motorcycles, but she knows that riding motorcycles is what I do and always have done and wouldn't try to stop me riding.

I have battled cancer twice and I'm recovering from the latest bout... You are a long time dead and none of us can predict the future... as Doc said, you could die eating a slice of Pizza!

If taking courses etc helps put your wife's mind at ease then do them

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Now you tell me. That was my one and only vice left in life, eating pizza.
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and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
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Ride like the world is out do give you a dirt nap
As my signature line says, "Ride till you rot!" There is real truth in those words.
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ok, after a quick search on the web, I found these:

STAY ALIVE DEFENSIVE MOTORCYCLE TRAINING ACADEMY - Home

https://www.defensivedriving.com/blo...rcycle-safety/

Defensive Driving Online Course from National Safety Council - Motorcycle

so to answer your question, "Do defensive riding courses exist?", I would have to say "yes.", but, since we don't know were you are from, we have no idea if any are in your area. that, my friend, you will have to look into yourself. but, they are out there! so there you go. ride safe.

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Now you tell me. That was my one and only vice left in life, eating pizza.
I typed that while eating a slice of pizza

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