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Old 11-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #29236
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I know this is the "ride thread", but wanted to get the question out to this group. As we all live in roughly the same area with the same traffic/ terrian. I am looking at getting a big bike in the next few months and am interested in what some of you have experienced with 2-up riding. Your likes/ dislikes of riding with a passenger on your bike. How does your bike handle, how is the power of your bike with a pasanger, and what your suggestions would be. I am considering everything from the F800GS, 950/990 Adv, 1200GS, Super Tenere, Tiger... In the next few weeks we are going to start test riding together, and am interested in what your experiences have been. This will be for road tours with boxes or bags, and as long as we are getting a big bike, I want to hit the dirt too. Currently ride a DR650 as my daily commuter/ dirt bike/ ADV bike, my wife rides a plated CRF230, and she wants to go out for multi day trips riding together; a bigger bike is needed.

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Super tenere. I ride a dr650 and I'm sure any other bike would be better 2 up. The gs crowd will say gs. The 990 adventure crowd will say ktm. Just how gnarly will you really go 2 up with 50 pounds of gear. Nothing would be worse than breaking down somewhere than breaking down somewhere with your wife.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:42 AM   #29237
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RE: Husky ride on Nov 10.

I am also still planning on it, but will be riding from the east side.
180+ mile loop, 90% off-road, start and end at 15/138 (though I will ride from home). GPS file available.
Aiming to be on small bike (525) with one other in tow. Could tolerate 1~2 more.
Desert tour to the Husky, then lunch at Domingos in Boron, then more desert on the way back.
Fast and steady pace. I'd prefer not to be out late.

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That sounds like the perfect ride plan ... especially Domingo's for lunch. If you are riding the 525 with a small group, I would be up for taking a few BIG BIKES on the same route, maybe a slightly slower pace.

Pretty sure the big group staging area on the 10th is Mojave or Cal City which is too far out of the way for us OC guys.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:28 PM   #29238
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I know this is the "ride thread", but wanted to get the question out to this group. As we all live in roughly the same area with the same traffic/ terrian. I am looking at getting a big bike in the next few months and am interested in what some of you have experienced with 2-up riding. Your likes/ dislikes of riding with a passenger on your bike. How does your bike handle, how is the power of your bike with a pasanger, and what your suggestions would be. I am considering everything from the F800GS, 950/990 Adv, 1200GS, Super Tenere, Tiger... In the next few weeks we are going to start test riding together, and am interested in what your experiences have been. This will be for road tours with boxes or bags, and as long as we are getting a big bike, I want to hit the dirt too. Currently ride a DR650 as my daily commuter/ dirt bike/ ADV bike, my wife rides a plated CRF230, and she wants to go out for multi day trips riding together; a bigger bike is needed.

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if you spend anything over $13k, gotta have the drive shaft. tenere or gs...

won't be here till next year, but i love to see the 2014 ktm 1190 adventure...http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/880/14...irst-Look.aspx



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Old 11-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #29239
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That sounds like the perfect ride plan ... especially Domingo's for lunch. If you are riding the 525 with a small group, I would be up for taking a few BIG BIKES on the same route, maybe a slightly slower pace.

Pretty sure the big group staging area on the 10th is Mojave or Cal City which is too far out of the way for us OC guys.

sounds good todd.....
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:44 PM   #29240
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This place sucks... He asked for " personal experience "goods and bads, and all he gets is what FFs thinks he should buy though there eyes... Sad
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:51 AM   #29241
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This place sucks... He asked for " personal experience "goods and bads, and all he gets is what FFs thinks he should buy though there eyes... Sad
Then here it is.
I ride a 990 Adv. Haven't done tons of 2-up rides (maybe 500 miles on pavement and 100 dirt) I was always happy and comfortable. At a point that I kind of like 2-up better on pavement. Bike feels and is heavier and more stable. No problem what so ever about power. Comfortably cruised at and around 80mph. Less wind buffering, etc.
I'd love to do more 2-up with panniers rides. I heard GS is a better choice for that but I LOVE my 990.
I havent done as much 2-up dirt as Dunerat (hi Val ) but it fells great on dirt as well.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:12 AM   #29242
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This place sucks... He asked for " personal experience "goods and bads, and all he gets is what FFs thinks he should buy though there eyes... Sad
Isn't that the very definition of personal experience?
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #29243
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That sounds like the perfect ride plan ... especially Domingo's for lunch. If you are riding the 525 with a small group, I would be up for taking a few BIG BIKES on the same route, maybe a slightly slower pace.

Pretty sure the big group staging area on the 10th is Mojave or Cal City which is too far out of the way for us OC guys.

what's your game plan todd?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:08 AM   #29244
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I know this is the "ride thread", but wanted to get the question out to this group. As we all live in roughly the same area with the same traffic/ terrian. I am looking at getting a big bike in the next few months and am interested in what some of you have experienced with 2-up riding. Your likes/ dislikes of riding with a passenger on your bike. How does your bike handle, how is the power of your bike with a pasanger, and what your suggestions would be. I am considering everything from the F800GS, 950/990 Adv, 1200GS, Super Tenere, Tiger... In the next few weeks we are going to start test riding together, and am interested in what your experiences have been. This will be for road tours with boxes or bags, and as long as we are getting a big bike, I want to hit the dirt too. Currently ride a DR650 as my daily commuter/ dirt bike/ ADV bike, my wife rides a plated CRF230, and she wants to go out for multi day trips riding together; a bigger bike is needed.

Thanks in Advance!
The 1150GSA has plenty of power with a passenger on and off road, it does get pretty cramped if you passenger is more than 5' tall. The one piece GSA seat does need to be longer to let the passenger slide back a couple of inches as well. A custom seat would be worth the cost on this bike to accommodate a passenger for long distances.

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Then here it is.
I ride a 990 Adv. Haven't done tons of 2-up rides (maybe 500 miles on pavement and 100 dirt) I was always happy and comfortable. At a point that I kind of like 2-up better on pavement. Bike feels and is heavier and more stable. No problem what so ever about power. Comfortably cruised at and around 80mph. Less wind buffering, etc.
I'd love to do more 2-up with panniers rides. I heard GS is a better choice for that but I LOVE my 990.
I havent done as much 2-up dirt as Dunerat (hi Val ) but it fells great on dirt as well.
Just ask Wally how much he liked being your passenger Ersin.

You should probably get feedback from the passengers to help make your decision.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:22 AM   #29245
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what's your game plan todd?
At the moment Matt's plan sounds really good to me, but think it prudent to separate his smaller bike group from any biig bike riders that want to do the same tracks. No reason to slow them down, but if we can keep the group small, we might not be that far behind. Weather forecast for Sat morning up there looks interesting at the moment.

Have ridden into Adelanto via pavement 3 times in the last couple of weeks so taking some dirt over Cajon Pass sounds good. Heading out on a business trip this morning and back Thurs night.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:40 AM   #29246
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Two-up?

How big is your passenger? Long legs or short?

I've done Canada and back (mostly paved), lots of Baja (mostly dirt) and Panama (fair amount of dirt) two-up on a 1200GS. The bike was fine for that. Also did Alaska on a 650 Dakar. That sucked two-up.

It is really about your passenger being comfortable. If they're not, you won't be either.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #29247
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This place sucks... He asked for " personal experience "goods and bads, and all he gets is what FFs thinks he should buy though there eyes... Sad

Thanks for the comments. My OP may have clouded the questions. Not planning on dirt 2-up, this is for long weekends with my wife and will be my commuter. Perhaps this question is too open ended unless the person has experience with the different bikes in this situation. I appreciate the responses!

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:54 AM   #29248
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Two-up?

How big is your passenger? Long legs or short?

I've done Canada and back (mostly paved), lots of Baja (mostly dirt) and Panama (fair amount of dirt) two-up on a 1200GS. The bike was fine for that. Also did Alaska on a 650 Dakar. That sucked two-up.

It is really about your passenger being comfortable. If they're not, you won't be either.
She is 5'7", 120lbs. We are going to ride a few together to figure this out.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:09 AM   #29249
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:09 AM   #29250
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Thanks for the comments. My OP may have clouded the questions. Not planning on dirt 2-up, this is for long weekends with my wife and will be my commuter. Perhaps this question is too open ended unless the person has experience with the different bikes in this situation. I appreciate the responses!

Thanks.

I bought a Tiger 800XC for this. Customized the passenger seat for her and added a top-box with backrest.
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