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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

    Write note 01/03/2013 Team CeDo posted a note for it   Visit Log

    Emailed Dunlap6 to see if they still have the coin or if they lost it

    Team CeDo

    Retrieve It from a Cache 09/13/2009 Dunlap6 retrieved it from "First to Find!" California   Visit Log

    That was a good hide. Was fun for the whole family!

    Dropped Off 09/07/2009 StealthCowboy placed it in "First to Find!" California - 37.61 miles  Visit Log
    Retrieve It from a Cache 08/26/2009 StealthCowboy retrieved it from Sandbox California   Visit Log

    Sorry forgot I took this to move on......Will get it going this weekend.....Nice coin!

    Dropped Off 07/25/2009 alirose114 placed it in Sandbox California - 38.02 miles  Visit Log
    Discovered It 07/11/2009 TJHoopers discovered it   Visit Log

    Discovered this coin at the Summer School event in Folsom today. Thanks for sharing! =)

    Retrieve It from a Cache 07/11/2009 alirose114 retrieved it from Summer School California   Visit Log

    Picked up this cool coin from LewisClan at today's event in Folsom. I used to ride on the back of my dad's Goldwing or one of his buddies bike's occasionally when I was in High school. First and only time I have been to Yosemite was on the back of my dad's buddy's bike. Of course most of it was a blur cause we didn't stop or slow down to enjoy the scenery, but it was a great ride that day. Will move this coin along soon.

    Dropped Off 07/11/2009 LewisClan77 placed it in Summer School California - 1,916.55 miles  Visit Log
    Retrieve It from a Cache 05/23/2009 LewisClan77 retrieved it from GeoWoodstock VII Tennessee   Visit Log

    This was one of many trackables I brought home to CA from GW7. I will drop it soon.

    Dropped Off 05/21/2009 MaxB on the River placed it in GeoWoodstock VII Tennessee - 432.76 miles  Visit Log
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