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Old 05-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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2-up on f650gs twin? yes or no...?

you mean ole BMW guys forgive me for two posts but I have sorta unusual opportunity and I'm trying to get smart on both 650 & 800

is 2-up comfy on the 650 twin? i know... depends. we are not terribly large people - call it 320lbs of flesh plus whatever we're carrying.

also, and I don't intend to stir the old sore pot, but I'm a little more read on the 800gs - do they both have some of the same issues to sort?

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #2
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I ride two up on my 650 twin a lot, and have no issues. Good luck!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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The seats are the same for the two bikes
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:13 AM   #4
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you mean ole BMW guys forgive me for two posts but I have sorta unusual opportunity and I'm trying to get smart on both 650 & 800

is 2-up comfy on the 650 twin? i know... depends. we are not terribly large people - call it 320lbs of flesh plus whatever we're carrying.

also, and I don't intend to stir the old sore pot, but I'm a little more read on the 800gs - do they both have some of the same issues to sort?

thx
z
My 650 only rolls two-up and my wife and I weigh 300 together. I wouldn't call the bike "Comfy" but it is acceptable for day trips to us. The Sargent seat made a big difference. With the side and top cases loaded the rear suspension is at it's limit. It is not a touring bike but we didn't expect it to be. The 800 wouldn't be any better. GH
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:32 AM   #5
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You would have more of a struggle on an 800GS due to the height of the bike.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:45 AM   #6
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ok.
fine for short jaunts unloaded; not so much for long/loaded.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:57 AM   #7
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2-up on f650gs twin? yes or no...?
Yes, but if the rider and passenger are heavy, then no. Unless the suspension is set up for the weight. But back to no if you intend to also carry a lot of gear for two. In other words, it isn't a simple yes or no answer. The same applies to any motorcycle, except perhaps a GoldWing!

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Old 05-17-2013, 05:03 AM   #8
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you should be fine. I met a couple in pa yesterday. just graduated from college on their way to AZ. on a KLR.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:06 AM   #9
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My F650GS single hauls the missus and I around without a problem. I dont know why the twin couldnt do the same.

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Old 05-17-2013, 10:47 AM   #10
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The same applies to any motorcycle, except perhaps a GoldWing!
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hmmm... judging from the considerable heft of 2-ups I've seen on local Harleys, I'd add them to the megatonnage fleet
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:16 AM   #11
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F 650gs

Well I disagree I actually own a F650gs twin & have ridden from Cairo to Cape Town on it, now it is being sent to South America as a 2 up bike for the rest of our RTW. I have ridden this bike over 10,000 km 2 up in Australia on Tar, dirt, mud & heavy sand. I put a new shock in it & the bike is maxed out to its capacity. You will need a new fuel pump. The only thing I suggest is a Corbin seat !!!!! I also own a F650gs single & this bike will also take you around the world 2 up, as well. I have also owned a V-Strom, Bonneville & a Royal Enfield C5 (which I believe will also end up a long distance tourer) I am 85kg & wife is 53kg & we are comfortable on all these bikes 2 up.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:01 AM   #12
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F800GS was pretty uncomfortable 2-up with the flat seat.

My passenger was constantly saying he sat on the gap or the bolts at the back, and when he moved forward i was in serous pain from sitting to far forward on the seat. In the end of our trip we had to stop nearly every 40 minutes because one of us was in pain.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #13
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Which Sargent?

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My 650 only rolls two-up and my wife and I weigh 300 together. I wouldn't call the bike "Comfy" but it is acceptable for day trips to us. The Sargent seat made a big difference. With the side and top cases loaded the rear suspension is at it's limit. It is not a touring bike but we didn't expect it to be. The 800 wouldn't be any better. GH
GH--Did you go with the World Sport Performance (touring) or Adventure seat? I know I'm stirring the seat pot on this one...
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #14
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GH--Did you go with the World Sport Performance (touring) or Adventure seat? I know I'm stirring the seat pot on this one...
Touring. GH
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GH--Did you go with the World Sport Performance (touring) or Adventure seat? I know I'm stirring the seat pot on this one...
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