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Todie's Wild Ride Geocoin Todie's Wild Ride: Hold On

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Florida, United States
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This mission of this coin is to raise awareness for motorcycles sharing the road with other vehicles and to help educate riders about the need to make sure that they take every safety precaution possible when riding with a passenger.

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If you're lucky enough to have someone you care for on the back of your motorcycle, you should consider it a gift in trust. Even if you are an experienced rider, there is much to know about carrying a passenger. I'm not speaking solely of how riding double affects the behavior of your machine, I'm also talking about simple comfort and convenience factors that will make any ride more pleasant for both of you.

Adjust your bike's rear suspension for the extra load (see your owner's manual).

Always make sure your passenger has proper riding gear, even if it isn't a perfect fit. Have her arrive bikeside in her own over-the-ankle boots, jeans and layers on top. If she doesn't have the following, provide them: a decent-fitting helmet, leather gloves that fasten around the wrist and a protective jacket (leather or heavy Cordura).

Educate her about the bike -- what's hot, where to hold, where she'll put her feet and also how she'll mount. You obviously want to make sure she waits until you're braced. When you're ready, do you want her to use the footpeg as a step, or swing a leg from the ground? Can she use your shoulders for balance?

Before you even get on the bike, tell her how she'll hold on. Both arms around the waist? Or do you have a real grab rail where she can place one hand? Unless you have a backrest, she must hold your waist with at least one hand. Warn her not to use the strap across the seat, which is a worthless style element.

If you're dealing with a virgin, advise her ahead of time not to put her feet down at stops or grab your arms or shoulders while you're riding. Explain that when you corner she needs to relax and not lean against the turn, which is the usual impulse.

Devise a system of communication before you ride away. Maybe it's one tap on the right shoulder to say, "When you get a chance I'd like to stop." Two taps for, "It's urgent." Maybe a tap on the left shoulder could mean, "Please slow down." It's easy and fun to come up with your own language.

Anticipate that your bike will handle differently. It may steer less readily on initial lean, but once in a turn, the addition of weight up high may cause a more abrupt dip. You will also lose some braking efficiency, so start stopping sooner.

While it's easy to adapt to these changes in your bike's handling, it is more challenging to actually improve your skill to enhance the two-up experience. Approach every maneuver -- accelerating, shifting, cornering, braking -- with an eggshell-smoothness, and you'll help your passenger keep her seat. (Remember that if she bumps your helmet with hers on shifting or braking, it's entirely your fault. When you're riding well, she'll be able to stay neutral.)

Know that your bike will drag more readily with the added weight. Remind your passenger (and yourself) not to panic when it happens.

Plan to stop every so often just to check her comfort and emotional state.

As an occasional passenger, I can tell you that the one most affirming and endearing gesture a rider can give his co-pilot midride is an adoring pat on the thigh. For the best results, repeat this act of appreciation once each hour, or every 50 miles, whichever comes first.

Please do not keep this coin as we want it to travel the world from cache to cache to remind people about motorcycle safety. Please help keep our roads safe and watch out for motorcyles!!

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    Tracking History (2533.1mi) View Map

    Retrieve It from a Cache 05/01/2009 MaxB on the River retrieved it from BIG Orange Travel Bug Convention Center Michigan   Visit Log

    Todies Wild Ride Hold On is reviewing MaxB's upcoming Tour offerings to decide where to go next.

    • "Bell Buckle or Bust GW7" Tour Group The travel bugs look forward to visiting Bell Buckle (home of the Moon Pie Festival), and of course Geowoodstock VII.  Shown are TB's: Meridian please take me abroad, Owl Goes Traveling, WWW, Winter & Summer Coin, Gerberas Daisy Micro, Jesus Jeep, F-18, Dinosaur Tracks, Independence on the Mall, and Todies Wild Ride Hold On.
    Dropped Off 05/01/2009 MaxB on the River placed it in BIG Orange Travel Bug Convention Center Michigan - 71.61 miles  Visit Log
    • TWR Hold On on the river Todies Wild Ride Hold On visits MaxB's on the St Joseph River in Michigan
    • "Cinco de Mayo" Tour Group The TB's work on their Mexican Hat Dance during MaxB's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Shown are TB's: Bub's, MT Traveling 2 cents #1, F-18, TWR: Hold ON, OrthoSmile, Night Bug, SLT"s "Third" GCC coin 08, Obamarama, and CB Dead Duck.
    Retrieve It from a Cache 04/30/2009 MaxB on the River retrieved it from Q is for Quincy Michigan   Visit Log

    Todies Wild Ride Hold On has joined MaxB's Escorted Travel Bug Group Tour

    Dropped Off 04/30/2009 geopigs placed it in Q is for Quincy Michigan - 34.84 miles  Visit Log
    Retrieve It from a Cache 04/29/2009 geopigs retrieved it from McGeoPig Michigan   Visit Log

    Todie's Wild Ride: Hold On attended a M&G for new TBs hosted by GeoPig at one of her favorite eateries.

    Dropped Off 04/29/2009 geopigs placed it in McGeoPig Michigan   Visit Log
    Grab It (Not from a Cache) 04/29/2009 geopigs grabbed it   Visit Log

    We're honored to be the first to move this very cool that's spreading such an important message. It's been a long time since geopig 1&2 have owned a bike, but we'll pass this info along to GeoPig. She owns a pretty impressive Harley that she rides quite often.

    • Todie's Wild Ride: Hold On & GeoPig
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