Over the years I have been asked by many men for ideas on how they can “get” their wife or girlfriend to ride a motorcycle. This always strikes me as a funny question. I say that because I feel that if a person wanted to ride a motorcycle, they would know this on their own. They don’t need anyone to “get them” to do it. Encouraging or guiding someone who has an interest is one thing but convincing would absolutely be a dirty word in this scenario.
Now that I have the benefit of some experience, my perception about what it really means to ride with your loved one has changed over the years. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. I keep coming back to the same question:
Is the idea of riding with your loved one overly romanticized?
5 What Ifs and Questions:
- How do you think you would handle riding with a loved one who rides too fast/too slow?
- What if it turns out that your partner doesn’t ride like you do – that you don’t “click” on two wheels?
- For better or worse – What if your partner rode just like you? Ex. Maybe you’re an excessive speeder or you sometimes make dicey passes.
- Could you suspend worrying about your loved one as you watch them ride?
- What if you thought your partner was a danger to themselves and others?