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Bucket list....Harley ride.... a little help...Please?

Friday, July 27, 2012

So far I have a short "bucket list"...still working on it. However, riding on a the back of a Harley is on that list.
My "baby" brother (50+) and I have plans to go to our state fair this year....neither of our mates get into going to the fair.
DBB has a Harley, and has for many years.....he suggested using this as our transportation for the day. Of course I said OK.
Now anyone out there who might have some tips for me....would greatly appreciate them. Like easiest way getting on/off the bike....if the weather stays hot...any problems wearing shorts....I have seen many riders (gals) on the back of a Harley, I thought most of them wore jeans.....don't want to look like a rookie even though that is what I will be.
He does have a helmet for me to wear....
I know I have to relax and just go with the bike...right?
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs to all.....and thanks for the tips.
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  • JUDITH316
    emoticon emoticon have fun, I know you will enjoy it.. Be careful, BIG HUGS! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2028 days ago
    Sorry-I haven't a clue! But do have fun!
    2029 days ago
    Lots of good advice, but I hope you don't mind if I add my two cents, since we are avid bikers. Not too sure how far the fair is from your start point, but because it is your first time riding, you may want to plan on some stop breaks every half-hour or so, especially if he does not have a touring (big cadillac style) bike. The following stuff, most people touched on, but perhaps I could give you a little insight as to some of the whys. I am a BIG wus and hate pain, so:

    ~ sturdy-bottom, full coverage shoes (lace-free is optional, mine all have laces; I just find that if I lace them they fit my narrow feet better) 1) as stated - heat 2) the sturdy bottom is a must, your feet will rest on pegs (unless the bike is a touring bike with running boards) and if the sole of your shoe is too flexible, your feet will hurt (like crazy) even after a short ride

    ~ jeans (full clam diggers/capris) 1) again, heat and 2) BUGS...these become little bullets that can leave welts. June bug season is over (that's the worst), but only today I took some little bug to the lower jaw. OUCH!!

    ~ helmet (if mine had a face mask, that bug today wouldn't have hurt! LOL Glasses (clear or sunnies) are law in most of not all states (that is if you don't have a face shield on your helmet.

    Sleeves are optional depending on heat. I prefer to wear them because I burn like crazy (pale Irish girl) and during June bug season I wear them (and gloves) regardless of how hot it might be. Others will tell you to wear them in case of an accident (road rash is a very real thing).

    Oh...and if it looks like rain you will need rain gear. Even a light rain feels like a thousand needles!

    Hope this helps! I am a wus, but love the ride and bugs have not kept me from riding. ENJOY!!
    2031 days ago
  • JUSTA123
    emoticon you go girl have a blast!
    2031 days ago
    Wow, you've already been given some great advice and they are right. I've been on the back of my son's bike and I love it. Actually, I'm storing his older bike in my garage. Told him I'm going for my permit and taking lessons so I can drive it. He's all for it but I'm afraid I couldn't even hold up the bike. lol

    Have fun.
    2031 days ago
    Jeans and something to cover your hair as the wind mats it. You might take some rain gear in case.
    2032 days ago
    You want to wear jeans on a bike. You can burn your legs on the pipes. Bring shorts to change into. If the helmet does not have a shield make sure your face stays behind your brother's back so bugs and wind doesn't get in your face. Definitely sunglasses. I love to ride, haven't done it in years. I don't know any guys with a bike. emoticon
    2032 days ago
    I think the "practice run" is a good idea before hitting the highway.

    Make sure the shoes you wear are sturdy . . . not flip flops and the like.

    Definitely pack shorts (and flips if that's what you plan to walk around in), but don't wear them on the bike!

    I would honestly make sure that the helmet DOES have a face shield on it. That is going to afford you the most protection.

    Ok, all that said, I have never, ever been on a bike, but have learned a thing or two being an ER/ICU/CCU nurse.

    Have fun, but be safe.
    2033 days ago
  • KITT52
    they told you what I was going to shorts, have fun
    2033 days ago
    All the comments below are perfect so I will just say, relax and have fun.
    2033 days ago
    I don't have any motorcyle-riding tips but have fun!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2033 days ago
    Absolutely don't wear shorts. Jeans are best to protect your legs as KATHRYNLP has said (and for the reasons she's said) Braid or wear your hair as pulled back as you can. Follow the lean of the driver and don't over-lean yourself. Sunglasses definitely if your helmet has no visor. Boots or shoes without laces are best on the bike, but bring your shorts and tennis shoes (or flip flops) for the fair.

    Have a great time on the road!!
    2033 days ago
  • SHEILA-45
    Sun screen should be a must! Protect yourself from sunburn. I would tie my hair back too; don't want it to get all in tangles. Have fun on your ride. And as others said go for a dry run first. Enjoy! emoticon
    2033 days ago
    bring a pair of shorts to change into at the fair if it is very hot. and just relax and have fun!
    2033 days ago
    NEVER wear shorts on any bike. The manifold gets super hot, and most people get 3rd degree burns from it, if the bike falls on you. I'm sure your bro is the right guy to guide you here. Oh yeah.. don't lean too far when you do corners.. etc. I'd suggest a couple practise runs before you go on the highway! Wear sunglasses if your helmet doesn't have the face guard! And have fun. I love riding.... emoticon emoticon
    2033 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2012 11:42:28 AM
    jeans for certain. It will protect your legs from all sorts of possible trama. For safety, there are really hot metal pipes just under where you sit, flaming hot metal pipe on your inner calf will hurt, jeans will help protect if you brush up against it while getting on or off.
    2033 days ago
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