2-up on f650gs twin? yes or no...?

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  1. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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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
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  2. runnr548

    runnr548 BMW Pilot

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    I ride two up on my 650 twin a lot, and have no issues. Good luck!
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  3. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    The seats are the same for the two bikes
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  4. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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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
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  5. Tor

    Tor Norwegian Viking

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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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  6. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    ok.
    fine for short jaunts unloaded; not so much for long/loaded.
    thx guys
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  7. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    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! :lol3

    Fred
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  8. rdtrvlr

    rdtrvlr Been here awhile

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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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  9. Yankee Dog

    Yankee Dog Long timer

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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.

    It's all about expectations.
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  10. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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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 :eek1
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  11. PaulD

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    Well I disagree I actually own a F650gs twin & have ridden from Cairo to Cape Town on it,:evil 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.:1drink 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.
    Cheers
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  12. gbtw

    gbtw Been here awhile

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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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  13. Burtwer

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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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  14. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Touring. GH
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  15. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Touring. GH
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  16. brianhinfl

    brianhinfl Adventurer

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    Own a F650 and ride two-up all the time. No issues. Granted when fully loaded with two panniers and top case, 80mph doesn't come as easily, but other than that, comfortable ride.(I don't have stock seat) Bike always feels stable.

    Rented an 800 for 3 weeks recently. The comment above about suspension height couldn't be more true. Fully loaded, it was quite the challenge for the passenger to get on over the panniers. One time we got got caught in a snow storm and remounting after getting fuel was not easy. Needed to find a way for her to stand on something to step onto the bike. With slippery ground, there was no other way to get on. Another time in Monaco, I needed to drive to find a flat spot as there was no way it was going to work on the hills. The F800GS also felt VERY top heavy with two people and gear. It was quite noticeable.

    We did have the WSP touring seat on the rental 800, which was amazingly comfortable, although it does raise the passenger up a little more than stock seat.

    I looked forward to getting back home and on the 650 again.
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  17. servdave

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    Have travelled 2 up on my 650GS twin with no problems. I am sure a 1200GS would do it better but if you can adjust to the way the 650GS twin handle two up it a great touring tool.

    I am off to Scotland and Austria this year, 2-up with the wife! :D
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