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Old 05-06-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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GSX1250FA for two up???

Thinking about adding a 1250FA for occasional two up riding, but it would mainly see duty as a replacement for what I'm currently riding on almost exclusively two lane, country roads. I'm sure I'd be comfortable with it solo, but if it's no good for some decent two up riding, I'll stick with what I've got for now.

Thanks for any and all opinions. Even ones questioning my mental capacity.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Well this really should belong in Road Warriors but a mod will take care of that.

Regarding the 1250 I can chime in with that. I have a 650F which is the exact same bike (same frame, engine bottom end, suspension, seat, etc just less torque and a few HP) And it does 2 up just fine.

The only thing I've noticed is the rear preload likes to be set correctly for the added weight. If you don't the front end gets a little lazy and in high crosswinds likes to wander a bit. Crank up the preload and it is just like it is 1 up.

And the shock is super easy to get to as well, takes 2 minutes and that includes the time it takes to go in and get a beer.
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Ooops on posting to the wrong forum and thanks for the insight.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
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the 1250FA is an incredible bike
a seat may be needed, but only after you and your passenger give it a try
new 2011's (2012's not imported here) are available for near 8000,
incredible smooth torque, you really need to try one out
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:15 AM   #5
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$8K? I've seen them for around $10K. Guess I need to get a little more aggressive here... Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:43 AM   #6
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$8K? I've seen them for around $10K. Guess I need to get a little more aggressive here... Thanks.






my bad, I should have said used
a 2011 with less than 2000 miles sold on ebay in March for 7600
there were a couple new for mid nines as you noted
they are out there
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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The engine is absolutely perfect for two-up riding. Just effortless, low-rev torque. Try it out, maybe you'll want a new seat. If you are serious in the corners you might want a better rear shock. But it's a great bike for two-up riding.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:40 AM   #8
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my bad, I should have said used
a 2011 with less than 2000 miles sold on ebay in March for 7600
there were a couple new for mid nines as you noted
they are out there
check this
http://motorcycles.smartcarguide.com...uki-gsx-1250fa

Hmmmm.... The owner of the first place listed is a good friend of a good friend. Calls will be placed today. Thanks for the link!
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The engine is absolutely perfect for two-up riding. Just effortless, low-rev torque. Try it out, maybe you'll want a new seat. If you are serious in the corners you might want a better rear shock. But it's a great bike for two-up riding.

Thanks. I guess I'm not so concerned with the motor as I am comfort level of a woman in her mid-40s. I'll get her on the back of one in a showroom somewhere this weekend at the very least. Just more concerned with whether she'll want to spend the large chunk of a lot of days on there. I'm hoping something like this will work out well. Can't go to cruiserland.
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Thanks. I guess I'm not so concerned with the motor as I am comfort level of a woman in her mid-40s. I'll get her on the back of one in a showroom somewhere this weekend at the very least. Just more concerned with whether she'll want to spend the large chunk of a lot of days on there. I'm hoping something like this will work out well. Can't go to cruiserland.
i often imagine comfort for the 2nd rider is determined by the addition of a backrest.

is that something easily done on a 1250?

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it probably depends on your size, and hers. If you're big, you may want something with more room. Otherwise, you should be fine.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:25 PM   #12
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i often imagine comfort for the 2nd rider is determined by the addition of a backrest.

is that something easily done on a 1250?


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Super easy on a 1250. Factory option for a trunk as well as SW Motec, Givi and Twisted Throttle. Can also add hard side bags easily as well.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:02 AM   #13
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While I don't have a 1250, I have a competitor in a CBF1000 with similar specs. The difference in your 650 Versys and the 1250 will be huge. I had a 650 Strom and it's a very capable motorcycle, but with full luggage and passenger, it took a lot of the performance out of bike, and fuel mileage really suffered. You're probably feeling similar with your Versys in similar circumstances.

Same luggage and passenger on the bigger bike, it doesn't care. Fuel mileage don't suffer and and as the rider you hardly feel your carrying anything.

You'll love the 1250, and adding luggage, especially the trunk, is very simple.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #14
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Not much passenger legroom from what I have read. That can be fixed, though.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:27 AM   #15
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I had the 1250S - the half-faired version, but with exactly the same seat/footrests/chassis etc. The engine is lovely; smooth, quiet, fuel efficient, lots of torque. Bear in mind that fuelled up the 1250s are over 270kg, so it is somewhat cumbersome at low speed with a pillion. My 20 year old daughter (and frequent pillion) is 5'3" and slim and she hated it - no legroom and the sloping seat meant she was sliding forward during braking and cornering. Another frequent pillion of mine did one 150km run on it. He is 6' tall and lightweight, and when we got home his legs had cramped from the position and I had to help him off the bike. He would not get on it again and my daughter also stopped riding it after a few 100km runs as it was too uncomfortable for her.

Both of them are fine with my other bikes and I've been carrying pillions regularly for years and can ride very smoothly with a passenger, but the complaints have been the same from everyone who rode on it - no legroom and a slippery, sloping seat. (If your pillion is used to riding on sports bikes with their knee-high pegs that may not be an issue, of course.) The pillion rests can be lowered - but not easily if you have pannier racks as they use the peg mounts. I put one of those anti-slip covers on the pillion seat which helped to some extent.

Check one out with a passenger first.
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