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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2014, 10:07:50 pm »
Nice one Jean

I have a little 200 so having a pillion wont work with my weight already :imaposer:
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2014, 02:32:08 pm »
nothing beats a fantastic long journey alone, except riding two up for the same distance AND there is somebody to share the ride again around the camp fire and cuddle up at night.  and they make fantastic back warmers, nothing beats a cuddly pillion on a cold ride.

I am lucky my wife often comes with and she is equally happy for me to travel alone.

we talk more on the bike than off the bike.   and a second pair of eyes is great to have when riding through the Transkei, it is great for safety reasons.

the new GSA1200 LC is made for two up long distance travels.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2014, 02:40:39 pm »
My wife rides with me when we get the chance.
I recently completed a 2600km dirt road only journey over 9 days to the EC with my sister's son on the back. It was worth the while and better than riding alone.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2014, 08:19:26 am »
Mrs. Le Cap has two bikes of her own. No problem. Makes the choice of bikes easier too :thumleft:

I also like the safety aspect. Not likely to break or crash two bikes simultaneously.

I'm inclined to agree, especially in South African riding conditions.
I lived in Germany for 10 years and my wife and daughters were regular pillion riders, however riding there is a different experience. Everyone obeys the rules, nobody takes chances, making traffic predictable and safe, even in rain or snow.

Back in SA now I'm shopping for a XR125 for Mrs and Daughter to start learning. They love riding and it's time to get them started.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2014, 05:53:09 pm »
Ek en Stoffies ry meeste van die tyd saam, en sy geniet dit net so baie soos ek.  Het ook al baie 1000de kilos saam afgelê, en gaan weer Okt Malawi toe met ons bike!!
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2014, 07:18:07 pm »
Ek en Stoffies ry meeste van die tyd saam, en sy geniet dit net so baie soos ek.  Het ook al baie 1000de kilos saam afgelê, en gaan weer Okt Malawi toe met ons bike!!

 :thumleft:  My wederheld gaat ook orals saam.  Wie sal dan nou help om die bike op te tel wanneer ek val.     :biggrin:
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2014, 09:55:13 pm »
My vrou ry ook altyd saam en ek moet bieg ek geniet dit baie meer as om alleen te ry, en soos Vis arend se iemand moet help as die swaar fiets kantel :imaposer:
Duster ek beny julle trippie Malawi toe , dit is defenitief ook my volgende lang toer.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2014, 04:43:08 pm »
2 up and loaded where ever the road takes us.  I have no choice, when the bike starts, it's loaded and my wife is waiting.   :patch: 
Haar gat jeuk meer as myne.   :biggrin:

I call that Jack-Russel Syndrome!   :peepwall:

Yep, that's my wife too, but prefers to stay in her box in bad weather.
I did about 13000km out of a total of 22000 km last year with her on the back. Namibia sand roads and up realy steep rocky areas are the only places I wished she had her own bike (or stayed in her box).
Bought her a BMW F650 a while ago but kept worrying about her and having to wait for her because the little 650 was hanging its tounge out most of the time and I would often have to take easier and more boring routes. I made a decission and the 650 was sold. I suppose it also depends on what riding you do and your wife's riding skills and age, at 50 I dont think ladies are meant to be falling and crashing to learn the muscle memory we accumulated many years ago. Different story when she's like Rika Debruin (whom I rode with on a Country Trax course at Amersfoort recently), she handles her KTM 990 like she was born on it.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2014, 04:51:25 pm »
Enjoying a bit of Africa.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2014, 09:54:21 am »
This is the story of Jean and René the author.
One easy Sunday morning lying in bed reading my book Jean turns to me out of the blue and remarks"I wan't my own bike" "WHAT ?" Ja, Okay, knowing that this phase will pass. Damn-well didn't. :o
Jean, the pillion, and I have been on a bike for more than 30 years and we have travelled many many kilo's, Western and Eastern Cape, Free State,the Transvaal and Namibia.  And now at 65 Jean wants her own bike !! What's wrong with this woman, and they talk about male menopause !!
Well 2 weeks later this remark comes up again "where's my bike ?" " What are you talking about you don't even have a licence" I reply. Soo wragtig  out she goes and get's her learners licence. O well let's see what available in the market. Now I'm thinking, nothing too powerful you understand, a 250cc Tornado or something similar, this chick needs to learn this new art of riding. Soo Honda provide the ideal tool and delivered this new machine with lowered suspension. Lekker little bike.
I was not going to teach Jean to ride, Will you teach your wife to drive, no speaks and possible divorce would be on the cards, I have too much invested in this woman. So off we go to Billy de Beer for a few lessons and Jean is doing well. A few training days at Killarney race track (it's a funny thing, watching this little 250 coming down the main straight with Marie biscuit thin tyres, 1200's R 1's etc. passing her as though she was going backwards. it was a total hoot.) plus a few BMW club (special permission) off road training days and this girl is now ready for her licence. It does nor pay to be too confident. Another appointment and she eventually produces the card that gives her permission to ride now at the age of 66.   
So now the Honda has about 4500km's on the clock and something bigger will fit the bill, along comes the first 650 BMW, much easier to ride,blah,blah etc. So one day we stroll into Donfords and there she is, the 650, white with red seat etc, the rest is history.
This "new" bike has now done 10K and needs a service, off to Donfords and Jean is handed a 650 twin to return home on. 
I arrive home from work and here is this woman waiting for me in the driveway, this is not normal. Hey Doll you need to ride this bike, it's so smooth and blah blah blah, for 2 damn weeks I've got to hear about this bike. GAT VOL I say " get hold of Neil and do a deal, I wan't nothing to do with this, but don't get the 650 twin, go for the 700" and again history repeats itself. Jean is now a VERY happy chick and as most men will know when the girl of the house is contented every thing at home is good. 8)
My opinion, That 700 is a brilliant bike handles well, got all the electronic gadgets as well. ABS and heated grips would have been fine for me.
And you can  bet your life, I am so proud of my best friend and partner.  :)
 

I don't blame her. I thought the 800 to be superior to the 700, but what a blast to ride! The 700 is so mooth, quick and loads of fun. With a high screen it is an excellent buy at a very good price.
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2014, 09:57:16 am »
We had our first off in sand. In retrospect I should have attempted the patch alone first, but we were doing the right things - stand up, look up, open up. If only I did not look at the swerving tracks of the bakkie that struggled through before me...
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2014, 10:24:49 am »
Jy't hom mooi gehou tot op daai punt.     :lol8:
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2014, 10:26:54 am »
Jy't hom mooi gehou tot op daai punt.     :lol8:
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2014, 12:54:09 pm »
Jy't hom mooi gehou tot op daai punt.     :lol8:
Dankie Vis Arend. Jy is so ondersteunend vanoggend ;)

 :laughing4:  Sorry, maar ek ken daai gevoel.

Hier het ons ook geval toe ek afkyk na die kar spore in plaas van daar doer in die verte.

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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2014, 05:06:52 pm »
Yip - dit gebeur met die beste van families☺
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2014, 09:22:46 pm »
Mev ry oral saam, maar wil nie kamp nie.
 

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Pillion or not
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2014, 10:16:08 pm »
Het die afgelope naweek dieselfde dik sand gehad in Mosambiek. Mev se naels sit steeds in my sy vas. Gelukkig het ons bo gebly, maar dit was twee keer amper "oh shit"!
 

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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2014, 11:14:24 pm »
Het die afgelope naweek dieselfde dik sand gehad in Mosambiek. Mev se naels sit steeds in my sy vas. Gelukkig het ons bo gebly, maar dit was twee keer amper "oh shit"!
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #38 on: December 24, 2014, 01:37:42 pm »
as die wiel draai is LOOPRING op, sy val en staan weer op , sy reen nat en word weer droog, maar sy geniet dit net soveel soos ek, ons geniet die bike tye want dis ons kuier tyd
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Re: Pillion or not
« Reply #39 on: December 24, 2014, 02:08:57 pm »
Wife will get on the back if it is smooth riding, dirt highways or tar.


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