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Old 10-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #31
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i ride a r65 probability 90% of the time with my wife on the back and camping gear, works well. Before i owned a 250cc mz wich was as comfortable but a bit to slow with two people and camping gear on it. I think for two up you have to enjoy minimalism otherwise it wont work..
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #32
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I'm a happy passenger on the back of our R1200GS, so I can't speak to how the bike handles. But I love traveling on it. We've been across the US two times, up into Canada, and in July, up to Alaska and back. We've got a Vario topcase (the padding sucks, though, so I made my own back pad), and Micatech side cases. If we take camping gear along, the sleeping bags and tent get lashed to the top of the Micatechs. We did replace the stock seats with Bill Mayer seats.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:14 AM   #33
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my wife is 5'11"and just cant get comfortable on the back of my r1150gs even with a rear trunk and backrest pad
the seat makes her slide forward and even with the bags removed she just cant get comfortable. winter project to make it work or guess ill have to buy a cruiser
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:00 AM   #34
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my wife is 5'11"and just cant get comfortable on the back of my r1150gs even with a rear trunk and backrest pad
the seat makes her slide forward and even with the bags removed she just cant get comfortable. winter project to make it work or guess ill have to buy a cruiser
I'm 5'10" and am quite comfortable on the R1200GS. When we got the custom seats at Bill Mayer, they put a slight rise on mine, so I don't slide forward as much. I also found that I don't slide as much wearing leathers. Wearing my Aerostitch -- more sliding.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #35
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Awesome, thank you for the replies everyone!

$1600 bucks is a big wad of cash to lay out right now just to be able to ride well two up. Is there any other options? As others have said, it feels very soft, very squishy and even the clutch seems a bit out of sorts when I set the ESA to two up. Is there a magical ESA setting I should be zeroing in? When it's just me, the bike is all out ballistic and balanced perfectly. It's not horrible two up, but just feels unstable at times and awkward coming away from a full stop.
hmm - Did you set the ESA to "Hard?" This should max out your damping.
sounds like that is where you have the issue.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:45 PM   #36
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The GSA is a tall heavier bike than the stock GS, so I don't find it odd that you feel that it is top heavy. I had a stock R1100R and even though that bike only weighed approx. 520 lbs wet, it still felt top heavy.

Over the years my wife and I have travelled, on a GS550, gold wings, BMW, Harley heritage, and currently ride a 2013 Suzuki DL650. I've found that I'm not a fan of the feet forward bikes like cruisers, I just can't sit like that for very long. I went through 4 seats trying to make it work, but no luck, so I got a different bike.

Our current ride, the DL650 is very easy to ride, isn't top heavy but does get the job done. I went down in displacement this time and so far haven't regretted the decision.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #37
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To echo a previous poster, I love my 1st gen Connie for two-up touring. My typical pillon weighs about 130 lbs, and on the Connie I don't even know she's there. I didn't even bother telling her to keep her torso in profile with mine. I just told her not to make any sudden movements.




We did a two-up overnight camping trip down to Calvert Cliffs in MD. Fully loaded, the only thing that wasn't in the bags were the sleeping bag & the tent - I strapped those to the top cases.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:11 AM   #38
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To echo a previous poster, I love my 1st gen Connie for two-up touring. My typical pillon weighs about 130 lbs, and on the Connie I don't even know she's there. I didn't even bother telling her to keep her torso in profile with mine. I just told her not to make any sudden movements.




We did a two-up overnight camping trip down to Calvert Cliffs in MD. Fully loaded, the only thing that wasn't in the bags were the sleeping bag & the tent - I strapped those to the top cases.
+1 on the connie, my son and I have camped on her he's about 185 I'm 270. we had everything but the tent and sleeping bags in the cases, tent and bags bungeed on the top. Didn't feel much different than riding solo. Connie loves to tour.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #39
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The missus and I just returned from a Grand Canyon trip. 5400 miles and three weeks on a Tiger 800xc. We had a great time. She is my flight officer whose duties include; navigation, photography, and waving. Most important piece of kit I travel with.

A backrest is the most important farkle when it comes to carrying a pillion. Makes her comfortable and both of you more secure. Without a backrest you cant get on the throttle without worring about her flipping off the back.
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