2-up? what's the appeal?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cba191, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Wind-venture

    Wind-venture Banned

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    I like riding two up for the alternating chest and backrubs while driving thru some pretty cool roads. :thumb That and the way she hangs on tighter when we do some twisties :D
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  2. Ben-M

    Ben-M Been here awhile

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    Because once in a while you experience something on a ride, wish you had someone to share it with, and tire of the glazed expressions when you try and tell your riding story to someone else.
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  3. tmex

    tmex Long timer

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    Your post is touching and very well worded. What happened if you don't mind sharing?
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  4. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    fair enough. i just don't understand how someone would be willing to ride pillion and not want to rider their own bike instead. i guess part of it comes from the fact that the one time i rode pillion (as a teenager) i was scared shitless.
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  5. Remy

    Remy Woe is uh a me bop!

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    Last week, I saw two guys riding one of those Can-Am Spyders. Maybe it was the gear they were wearing, but it immediately made me think of Ace & Gary the ambiguously gay duo on SNL.


    RedShark, my wife is constantly "clicking" helmets with me. I was finding it bothersome, but your post has made me look at it differently. Thank you.
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  6. sandiegoland

    sandiegoland Adventure Boy®

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  7. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    I ride two up because the girlfriend likes to. Alternatively to have someone to hold the case of beer. But I try to avoid it most of the time. Its nice for a leisurely weekend ride. But around here (suburbs of chicago) there are alot of stop lights and stop signs. And you have to really stop at them (I know people who've gotten ticketed rolling 4 way stops on bicycles). And smooth stops and starts every block just get really boring.

    Rural highway touring its fun to have someone squeezing from behind. But I'll always prefer riding solo for the thrills.

    If she were 6" taller she could toe my bike and I'd teach her to ride.
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  8. AirForceDirt

    AirForceDirt "Give me back my face!!"

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    I rode pillon with my dad (and mother occasionally when she used to ride) ever since I was about 3. I've always been a motorcycle boy. More recently, my dad got to enjoy the riding, and the experience, and I get to enjoy the view.

    We did a lot of dirt roads and forest service roads and 2-track roads 2up, and it was always a blast. I have no idea how much more work it was for my dad, but he was always plotting and planning the whole "ooh, this road looks like fun," so it can't have been too bad. He never dropped me (okay, once, but it was while we were stopped, ground was supposed to be there and it wasn't) and we've only had a few 'entertaining' moments. I never did take any pictures while moving (holding on like I had been instructed), but I have some great memories throughout my childhood about riding.

    That, and being on the back, I learned a lot more about riding than I thought I would have. All those years of watching have given me a lot of "So this is what ________ feels like" and I could 'feel' more or less how to correct it.

    Now, I've only had a few people's on the back with me, and its great. Girls that have never ridden before hold on tighter :evil.
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  9. nostatic

    nostatic i drank what?!?

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    I started 3-up on a Honda Trail 90 out in Anza Borrego with my dad *and* mom on the bike. I sat in between them (I was about 6). Then I got my own Trail 50, then a 70.

    I think my dad has some photos of us 3-up in the desert...have to see if I can find them.
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  10. Exevious

    Exevious Goatrider A.F.& A.M.

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    2-up is great..

    following one important rule:

    No more than one penis per bike!! :eek1
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  11. fireboy

    fireboy Not dead, just asleep...

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    hahaha! it sounds like you learned this the hard way!
    :rofl

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAegPgp9OQ

    It's worth it!
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  12. carburated

    carburated Been here awhile

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    my wife does both. She likes to ride, but is not a very confident rider. She loves the feeling of flying low through the corners dragging the pegs, but cannot do it on her own. Both of us riding our dualsports down the fire roads is great fun, but when it comes to a long road trip on fast twisty pavement, she would choose to be a passenger on my Concours everytime.

    riding sperate bikes is fun, but distant. Riding with a passenger is much more personal and physically/emotionally/mentally connected.
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  13. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    the rule should ALWAYS be "one penis per bike"!
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  14. sweetfeed

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    In my profile here, my "favorite ride" is 2 up on an HP2...I ride my own bike, but I've been fortunate to ride behind a super-competent dirt (and road) rider on an HP2. What an unbelievable rush!! The bike can go anywhere, and we did!!! I was screaming, laughing, and crying all at once.
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  15. RedShark

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    3 years ago today she went out for a short sail on her windsurfer while I was organizing the beach clean-up at our local sailing club.

    From what we could figure the mast-base released from the board and the mast hit her in the head. Unconscious and unaccompanied, she drowned.

    She was a black-belt, a certified scuba diver, channel-crossing paddler, and experienced windsurfer. I know better than to have let her sail solo, but it was something we both did without much consideration - it's not dangerous like riding motorcycles, right ?

    I've almost completely stopped checking my mirrors for her white Bandit 400.
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  16. krellheat

    krellheat Pepsi Challenged

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    Though it may be late, my condolescences .:cry Its been 10 years since mine was taken away.
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  17. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

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    Vikki & I really like going two up. We recently did the dual sports in Hancock NY and the Shenandoa? 500 in VA. She would not ride the trails by herself in a million years. She's just a little fraidy cat on her own but not on the back of the 950 adv. We've been two up all over the country and don't have a problem with it. :freaky I do get jealous when we get roosted by solo riders :cry on dual sports but I did a million of them by myself over the last 20 years and still solo on my 200 and 450 around the home trails. All in all it's great having the memories together even if it means we have to back it down a notch. P.S. we were the only couple riding two up at either event and got a lot of great comments. Hope to see you on the trail.

    2004 Silver & Black KTM 950

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  18. configurationspace

    configurationspace delooper

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    The other problem with multiple penises is that a male passenger can be pretty heavy. I'm around 170lbs and once had a 230lb passenger on the back. Worse, he didn't hold onto anything. Emergency stop and my head was flat on the handlebars. Whatever force was on me, it was more than I could benchpress.

    One of the problems with having a lithe, light and flexible female on the back is my mind tends to wander... I've forgotten to pull up the kickstand more than once when I had a female passenger on the bike.
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  19. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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    +1, especially on a long trip, you get to talk about something great or terrible you just saw.
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  20. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    ... there's someone along to snap cool pictures too! :thumb

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