Join Date: May 2008
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
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First off, Welcome:
Next, couple of questions:
1. Is this your manifesto?
2. You mention you don't want to lose your wife to 'another' motorcycle - was there a wife or motorcycle situation before?
3. What's the deal with oxygen bottles? Are you on oxygen for a lung condition?
On convincing your wife whether you should ride or not - you'll have to get deep and personal about it. But, the good thing is that many of us riders on this forum are ATGATT - meaning All the Gear, All the Time. Look for a posting on this forum called "What do you Wear". Tell your wife that you'll wear the jacket, pants, gloves, full face helmet and boots all the time. Next, ensure her that you'll take the training and convince her to take it as well. She'll then learn that you can mitigate a lot of the risks by proper gear and proper training. Then take it all slowly - plenty of parking lot practice. Have your wife follow you in the car - my spouse did that for me while I was learning. My spouse is not crazy about me riding but he's slowly getting used to the idea (after almost three years) and he's even riding on the back as well.
Make the commitment to safety, share it with your wife and take it easy.
Oh and read David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling as well - it may save your life.
(I'm also a veteran but served only 4 years in the Air Force from 1987 to 1991)
Last edited by Ocean; 07-29-2008 at 08:05 AM.