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Question: What is the best bike  for 2 up riding. My wife and I are wanting to do some LD riding.
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« on: June 11, 2009, 10:41:30 pm »

Trying to figure out the best bike for around 10k. If you have another option, let me know. I want something that is comfortable for 2 but I can take the bags off and run around town and have a good handler.
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 01:27:35 pm »

I bought my 08 Connie for $9000 last year with 1800 miles. This bike is an excellent 2 rider bike. You can still ride it like a sport bike and be comfortable...my wife really enjoys the trips we take.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2009, 02:54:58 pm »

Absolute best 2uper?  Goldwing or K-LT.  

Second best, IMO, R11xxRT or R12RT.  

Third best:  St1300 or FJR.  

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2009, 05:44:41 pm »

Just my 2cents, but for two up touring get an 01 or later Gold Wing and keep the Ninja for the around town stuff you mentioned. Personally i love my ST1300 and ride mostly solo however I've had no complaints from the wife when she's with me.
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2009, 08:42:30 pm »

Well, one of the guys I ride with has a Goldwing, and my wife likes it (I don't like the price.) The problem is that my wife said that I can only have one bike, so I want the best of both worlds. Also, I don't think I am old enough to drive a Goldwing. LOL.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2009, 08:54:14 pm »


Trying to figure out the best bike for around 10k. If you have another option, let me know. I want something that is comfortable for 2 but I can take the bags off and run around town and have a good handler.


This chap wants something that turns and you guys are selling him buses on 2 wheels. Lol
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2009, 11:23:06 pm »

I have an 08 Kawasaki C14 and 2 up is effortless.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2009, 11:24:42 pm »

Used GL1800. not a better bike for serious long-haul 2-up riding IMO.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2009, 11:29:51 pm »

Yea, goldwing. Anything else really not good for long distance two up.
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2009, 11:47:57 pm »

I've been riding for 38 years.  The best 2 upper and great handling machine is the Buell Ulysses hands down.  Handles as good with 2 up as it does with one.  Great milage ultra comfortable passenger and riders seat lots of go and mine has been as reliable as any bike I have ever owned.  If you are looking for something to 2 up and around town go try one out.  I did and guess what happened.
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2009, 10:35:50 pm »

K1200LT or Goldwing or R1200RT

ST1300, FJR, new Connie

Old Connie, Suzuki Bandit

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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2009, 09:38:24 am »

I'm not much one for the "ride what I do" posts, but I bought the K1200GT just for this reason (not ready for a wing or LT), as we do a lot of 2-up riding.. The ESA is great for 2-up, and the mega-watt alternator can run heated gear for two if necessary. I originally bought a RT, but found the boxer motor to be a bit dull for my tastes (I'm just use to inline 4's).

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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2009, 06:36:02 pm »

I notice you asked only about what I'll call a 'full-size' ST type.  All three great bikes from what I understand; and all quite different.

Ultimately, you know it comes down to personal fit and preference.  I've been wanting an ST1100/1300 for years for full-blown two-up riding.  Have test ridden and sat on them at dealers plenty.  Looked at the occasional new Connie.  The wife is usually with me, and every time says, "keep the bike we have.  It serves us well, we like it; I (the wife) like it."

We're both pretty short/small.  I have a 30" inseam (5'7", 150 lbs. when out of shape).  She is 3 inches shorter than me.  So we ride a Sprint ST.  We got it after a friend, whose parents are about the same size, recommended it based on their experiences riding all over Europe.  First on a Triumph Trophy 1200, then on a Sprint ST.  They actually preferred the Sprint because of the size, weight, and fit factors.

For folks our size, the Sprint is plenty big enough to be comfortable for long days in the saddle.  For $120 a local shop redid the seat to custom fit us.  The wife sits up behind me, back to the topbox, happy as can be for hours at a time.  I can run errands or backcountry roads with a bike that is light enough for me to throw around parking lots and sporty enough take whatever is asked of it.

If all we did was take it out on the superslab, I might still consider a bigger bike; though the Sprint has proven we don't need it.  But my bike is my everyday transport.  Work and play.  Rides with the wife, or rides to get dog food.

Lastly, I have never bought a new bike yet.  (Well, we bought a dealer demo for my wife recently.)  The resale value on a Sprint (or Trophy for that matter, if you want carburetors...) is relatively low from what I see.  Triumph just isn't quite one of the 'big brands'.  So you may score a bike at a reasonable price.  I did.  I learned that from our car mechanic years ago, who told me to buy (back then) a used Mazda rather than a Honda.  They were every bit as good; but less well-known and so available for less.

Just my long $.02, to expand the category a bit.  Good luck!  Whatever you ride, it will be great if the two of you are happy and secure on it.
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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2009, 06:00:01 am »

For 2 up comfort you MUST have a backrest for her, and preferably, a topbox with backrest. So says my pillion and if she ain't happy..... We ride the ST1300, but your other wish was to take off the bags for around town. You can do this with ST but your eyes will bleed and people will stone you.
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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2009, 07:55:28 am »

OK, time to toot my own horn, but the Buell Ulysses fits this bill perfectly.  The baggage is hugh and the passager accomodation are pretty durn nice as well.  We are coming off a BMW R1150RT and the missus does not miss it at all.  She loves the triple tail backrest, says the peg positioning is better and the seat just as good as the Sargent we had on the RT.  With the triple tail you will not have to run with a topbox if you dont want and she will still have a backrest.  As others have stated, a backrest is VERY important when toting a passenger.  

As for me, I love this thing.  It is down on power from the Connie and FJR but its more than the BMW.  Its light weight and handling make it a blast to ride.  I swear this things makes me feel like I am riding a dirt bike sometimes.  Buell is really onto something with mass centralization thing.  The XT with bags is only 535 pounds, without bads it is down around 465!!!

Yes, if all you are looking for is two up then look no further than the Goldwing behemouth. And yeah I know guys who can hustle them through the twisties, but the BMW RT was more weight than I wanted to push around.  And let me tell you the weight does NOT go away when you get it moving.  

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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2009, 11:28:33 am »

One other thing.  If you are buying used, look at the dealers who DON'T normally carry your bike.  If they have one, they'll want it out of their lot.  Recently we stopped at the Harley dealer just to look around.  They had a used ST1300 for hundreds less than expected.  It looked and sounded good.  I asked 'what's the catch?'.  The sales guy, who I know a bit, told me honestly "it's been sitting here for months.  Nobody comes to a Harley dealer to buy an ST, so we haven't been able to sell it.  Lowered the price just to move it."

So, look in some unlikely places and you may find a nice deal!
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2009, 12:40:35 pm »

I wouldn't recommend the bandit for two up riding. It has ample power but lacks in space and comfort. I found this out the hard way and now the wife is asking me for a cruiser with more room.    Rolleyes
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2009, 01:18:51 pm »

My wife and I put many thousands of very happy miles 2-up on a DL1000 VStrom.  Don't discount that bike in your search.  If you are looking for something that can handle rough roads, lots of luggage and provide great seating comfort, it's a strong option.

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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2009, 11:08:01 pm »

This is a tough call.

You have to decide what you want more:

- A sporty bike that is also comfortable?
- A comfortable bike that is also sporty?

I assumed the first one and voted FJR. My wife and I rode tens of thousands of miles together on the FJR. A bonus is that it looks SHARP without its bags, unlike some of the competition.

If it is the second, which may actually be more fun, it's got to be a used Goldwing. They are MUCH more comfortable than FJRs, which allows one to ride a lot further, longer, etc. They are also fun in the twisties, you just have to accept that you're not going to keep up with FJRs or anything smaller. They allow us to GET to the most remote twisties, even if we can't go as fast when we get there. (without the need to be a pussy and trailer it)
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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2009, 03:09:58 pm »


I wouldn't recommend the bandit for two up riding. It has ample power but lacks in space and comfort. I found this out the hard way and now the wife is asking me for a cruiser with more room.    Rolleyes


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I disagree. I guess it depends on your passenger. Did a shit-ton of touring on my old Bandit w/stock seat and girlfriend thought it was comfy enough  Shrug. Had a top box w/back pad for her leaning/packing pleasure.
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