She's never ridden a motorcycle before by herself, and has been a passenger less than maybe 5 times in her life. She's been asking me to teach her how to ride for a while now as she has a lot of free time and wants to learn to do something out of the ordinary for her: riding! Naturally, I was thrilled that she wanted to learn and gladly offered to help her. I took her out on Saturday on the DR and we found a big parking lot where I could show here the basics. I gave her the basic instructions and let her get a feel for the gas and how the throttle affected the rpms. Then I pushed her around with the bike off so she could get a feel for the weight, brakes, and turning. She knows how to drive a stick so she understood the controls which was a plus. After some more run throughs and and instructions, I figured I'd let her go. She was all geared up and there were no cars in the huge lot so I figured the worst she could do was dump the bike. I pushed her to get her going so she wouldn't have to fumble with the clutch. She did great and rode around the lot for a few minutes. Then she got aimed at a small island in the lot and couldn't turn around it. I was yelling "CLUTCH! CLUTCH!!" but the bike just ended up bucking to a stop and she jumped off as it fell over. No injuries to her or the bike so that was good. I figured she would be like "ok, I'm done no more riding for me" but to my surprise she wanted to try again! I told her I'd rather get something smaller for her to learn on because the DR is really a bit big for her. I'd like to get a little XL100 or something similar for her. I figure that way she can learn in the grass or a field but still be able to ride around our neighbor hood. If anyone is selling anything small like that, please let me know. I'm just glad that another rider may soon join the fray! ...and not only that, she thinks she'd like to get a DR once she gets better!!!