I tend to always ride alone but in the few cases I've ridden with a lady I can't see it makes much difference. If she's on her own ride she's got a place to carry her luggage, camera, etc. If she's behind me I have to leave some stuff at home to make room for hers. If we're pulling the Bunkhouse camper then that is not a problem. I do tend to spend a lot of time checking the mirrors to be sure she's OK if she's on her own ride. The fact that she is independent is a plus to me, and any tatts would just match all the ink I've got. I'm sure not intimidated by an independent lady and much prefer that attitude to someone who has not spirit at all.
Women can rde with me . beside me or in front of me, if they behind me, I'm always looking in the mirror to make sure they're o.k. and haven't gotten lost or?. Always making sure you're continuing to have fun. Just looking for that one to make me smile (:
No doubt about it, it's nice to be riding close together. On the other hand I've always had ladies that rode their own riding with me. It never bothered me. I think its a good thing when your out there riding side by side styling and profiling.