This is Arlene’s first full season riding her own. After more than 170,000 km as a co-rider, she has moved to the front seat; a spanking new Harley Street Glide. Sweet! Last year was cut short when she hit a deer at the start of our only long distance ride. She fared well, all things considered (due to her outstanding skill for a newby). After a lot of practice on school bikes over the winter (thanks to Open Road Motorcycle Training) she regained her confidence and has been doing some outstanding riding this year. We were on a ride down in the States in June/July where she conquered the Beartooth Pass with ease, among other well-known rides. Now she is taking road challenges in stride that not long ago intimidated her. Her years on the back seat have been what we refer to as a co-rider rather than simply a passenger, which have both helped and hindered her. There have not been too many surprises for her, so she is mentally prepared for almost anything. On the other side of the coin, she knows what is waiting for her and waits in trepidation until she meets and beats some of those challenges. Typically she masters them with ease, surprising herself every time. I just smile, having perhaps more confidence in her skill level than she does herself. 🙂
She is an awesome riding partner. After years on the same bike, we know exactly what each other will do at any given time. I love nothing better than looking in the mirror in a long sweeper and seeing her leaned over in exact formation with myself or the two of us completing a pass in perfect harmony. Life is good.
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