I was listening to a radio show this morning on my drive into work and they had a caller that needed some relationship advice. Here is a summation of the situation:
- He is a young man, late 20s, who owns and rides a motorcycle (he didn't say what kind).
- He is dating a young woman who also owns and rides her own motorcycle.
- He things that she is "the one" not just because of their love of motorcycles.
- A couple of weekends ago they were out riding on just his motorcycle.
- When they stopped for lunch, somewhere along Highway 1, she asked to drive his bike and have him ride in back. He refused. Huge argument ensued to the point where she refused to get back on the bike and ended up calling a friend of hers to drive to where ever they were to get her.
- Two weeks later, they are still arguing because she thinks he is a neanderthal male who isn't man enough to ride behind a woman. He rides in a car while she is driving, so why not on a bike. He states that he agrees that he wouldn't ride in back of a woman because it just doesn't fit with the motorcycle rider mentality/man-code.
My thoughts are (and I admit it is a little old school) that I would think it would look odd to have a guy riding behind as well. And then one of the other voices in my head questions whether it is just because it was HIS bike and would he ride on the back of HERS?
Sadly, I had to turn off the radio before the discussion was complete, so I'd like to know what your thoughts, gentle reader, are on this topic. Is there an etiquette code on something like this?