I cant say its better 2 up, and I wont say its bad. The wife likes going for rides when the weather is nice, and is not interested in having her own bike, so I get a ride in and she does not feel neglected. For me, it would be worse if she had her own bike, being older, never having ridden a motorcycle, and with the traffic and other things you need to know to be safe, it would be risky. At our age, you do not bounce back after a crash very well... Years ago, we did a little dirt riding 2 up, on my old Daytona, it was a lot of work for me with the sand around here, but it was fun anyway. Not motocross, just exploring the woods on 2 wheels.... To be young, single, and having a girl on the back is nothing but good in my book.