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Post  littlecat Mon Jul 11 2011, 18:19

we now have 2 big biker grins in our house, as i had my first attempt at taking a pillion ( my pocket sized 11 year old)
i didnt expect her to like it much, but the whole way round all i could hear was 'this is AWESOME', LOL, AND SHE MADE ME GO ROUND AGAIN Very Happy.
17 year old daughter is still waiting for me to pay for her cbt, so it looks like its definitely in the blood lol.
will upload a couple of pics as soon as i can find a mouse
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Post  Roll The Bones Mon Jul 11 2011, 18:22

great Just need to get the wife on mine.
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Post  littlecat Mon Jul 11 2011, 18:28

have to say i was probably a lot more scared than her, its a huge responsibility, but it was very cool to hear her enjoying it so much, she hasnt stopped begging me for another ride since, and ive been roped in to fetch her from school on it tommorrow lol
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Post  YZFJohn Mon Jul 11 2011, 20:13

Well done, my daughter is envious. :whoop:
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Post  ellie Mon Jul 11 2011, 20:21

Brill! My daughters done several thousand miles on the back of mine...She's getting a bit big now though and doesn't get the same buzz....she misses Facebook too much LoL.
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Post  yamahamad Mon Jul 11 2011, 20:33

Well done. I quite like taking people on the back my only rule is they have to be smaller than me. Once took a friend out who is well over 6 foot & the bike felt like i had a lamp post strapped to the back stuck upright.
The wife used to go on the back several years ago but went on less & less as she used to complain it was too painful to hold on, all made sense when diagnosed with rheumatoid.
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Post  Wooster Mon Jul 11 2011, 21:08

I took my 7 year old nephew a spin around the scheme the other week.
(He had his quad helmet/gear on and his feet did reach the rear pegs)

He was louder than the bike and I needed a crowbar to get him back off it. Very Happy

Don't know if this accepted wisdom or not, but I've taken to telling 'larger' pillions to just stay upright (perpendicular with the bike) and let me do the leaning.
It's a bloody nightmare if they lean out on a corner to see beyond you and the bike starts to straighten out.
..even worse if they panic and try to hide behind you just as you're compensating. grumpy

Far better they act like a static bag of cement. Laughing
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Post  Guest Mon Jul 11 2011, 21:10

Brilliant !! My daughter loves it , she was eight when she first went -she's only just turned nine . The other week I picked her up from school on the bike -it was a surprise- she loved showing off in front of her friends . Strangely , my sons don't seem that interested , but they are younger than her . Cool
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Post  robertcains Mon Jul 11 2011, 21:31

Nice one, well done for fully kitting her out correctly too Cath great
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Post  SteveCat Mon Jul 11 2011, 22:19

Wooster wrote:Don't know if this accepted wisdom or not, but I've taken to telling 'larger' pillions to just stay upright (perpendicular with the bike) and let me do the leaning.

Yip, I tell 'em to be neutral and (try) and relax
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Post  littlecat Mon Jul 11 2011, 23:33

i also had a couple of 'dry' runs, just teaching her to get on and off the bike properly, and letting her feel it running while i uprighted it , and wobbled it around a bit on the drive.. all in all i have to say she did a great job for a first time piillion, and her favouite part was the roundabout at the bottom of the estate lol... tho a close second was the massive speed humps close to home , wher her butt was leaving the seat by quite a margin lol
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Post  Wooster Tue Jul 12 2011, 00:10

Biggest nightmare with tiny peeps is that you can't see them in the mirrors.
They could have fallen off 10 mile back and you'd never notice. Laughing

With bigger peeps you can tell them to hang onto the rear grips* but keep their knees in contact with you. That way you can feel if they're shitting themselves (clamping) and can ease off the throttle a bit.

I had the nephew hold onto the waist straps on my bike jacket but still had to drop the revs every now and then to make sure he was still there (his wee fists would punch me in the kidneys tongue) even though I never went over 30mph.

*Women (for their own reasons green smile ), and some nervous blokes (who don't know what to do) will generally opt for holding onto you instead of the rear grips.
That's all very romantic (except in the case of the blokes, where it's positively creepy) until you have to hit the anchors hard and have 60+ stones going through your wrists: (combined weight x forward G) all of a bloody sudden...and they wonder why you didn't easily 'steer around' the problem. ponder
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