2-up? what's the appeal?

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

  1. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Sep 8, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    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.
  2. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

    Aug 19, 2008
    New(er) Mexico
    I don't mind it, but I'm not a huge fan either. Bike handles weird, weighs too much and I have to be concerned with keeping somebody else besides myself alive out there.

    On the pro side, I enjoy having my wife right behind me holding on to me tightly for a while. She is also an excellent passenger, having ridden her own motorcycle for a while before deciding it wasn't for her.
  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    44 and 45 - that's not old! :cry

    I'm 44 and my husband is 43 and the only riding I like to do is 2up dirt. I'd like to think that we can continue this for a while.
    When we're riding together, we usually aim for 200-300 offroad miles a day.

    I know a lot of people don't like 2up, but in our case, it's a necessity. I'm a dirt n00b. I could ride every day for the rest of my life and I will never be as good or as fast as my husband.
    Our rides together would consist of him being bored and me being stressed, trying to keep up.
    I'm short, so I have limited dual sport choices. Even with him on something like a honda CT90, I'd be working to keep up! :lol3

    Going 2up on the 990, I get to enjoy all the good (technical) stuff without needing the skill or the talent.
    BigWan enjoys it, too. He likes the extra challenge of taking me on rides - while making the single riders work to keep up. :evil
    Some of our best times together have been on long 2up rides.

    I just get tired of people thinking that 2up = lame.
    Sure, it can be. But it doesn't have to be.

    Here's a little trailer we made in Death Valley. All the footage was shot while we were riding 2up.

    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Yn8KfDNzbcQ" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe>

    Last summer, a friend took us around BC and we got some nice video:

    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1Fdqhk5eGCo" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe>

    And that's why I love 2up dirt. :D
    That little mountain climb was in the middle of a 480 mile day (yes, one day. not all of it offroad - we had to slab there).
    there's no way I could have kept up with those guys on a little dual sport.

    Anyway - I'm just throwing that out there - keep an open mind about 2up.
    It may not be for YOU, but that doesn't mean it sucks for everyone. :deal
    Also - refuse to grow up! Mid 40s is not old!
  4. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

    Oct 9, 2008
    The Keystone State
    Wow, that was some awesome video footage! You guys are out of control. In a good way. The helmet cam makes that look terrifying to watch. Everything seemed so treacherous. Makes the dual sports we do seem pretty tame. I'll take the hint and keep trucking on the 990 with the lil lady. Your response and videos were the sort of two up off road riding encouragement I was looking for. Thanks for the shot Of adrenalin.
    I'll just tell her: "look, the littlewans and the bigwans can do that crazy shit like in the video I showed you, so this is no big deal"
    Actually I have given her talks like that while dual sporting and going up crazy hills. She said she closes her eyes, lol.
  5. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

    Jun 6, 2011
    Ankeny Iowa
    Wow! I know you all like your junk touched and getting laid is well, Great! But taking someone else 's life in your hands for me is the deal breaker! There simply are to many variables out there to make me a two up guy. I ride differently, I try to out think the situations, instead of just riding them. I'm jumpy on the breaks and slow on the throttle. If I were to hurt or god forbid kill a passenger due to one of my decisions or not, would be more than I could deal with. Motorcycling is a dangerous endeavor, making a bad decision when your one up is bad enough! I love to ride and when I'm riding double, I usually can't wait to get off the bike. When I'm by myself, I can't wait to go!
  6. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

    Oct 9, 2008
    The Keystone State
    Thanks for the update on the Guzzi picture. NM is a beautiful state too. My friend Jay saw you and your trailer rig at the Guzzi rally in VA this past summer. He rode down there from PA in that 100degree heat spell that we had. That was his first big road trip on a bike. I was coaching him on hydration issues. He did fine on his white Guzzi V7.
  7. NONo443

    NONo443 Been here awhile

    Jul 7, 2009
    I see the appeal and the pros of doing 2-up riding, but it is just not for me. Same thing with riding in groups or with other riders.
  8. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

    Jun 11, 2011
    syd oz
    ahh the reach around


  9. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

    Oct 18, 2007
    central USA
    No crashing with my sweetie on the back is important. I ride very different with my lady on back. In the nice weather, a good blanket in one of the side cases for a nice outdoors frolic in the sun in a very out of the way place:D.

    She does not like to ride long distance, but she will take a car or plane and meet me there. Nothing like sleeping bags zipped together and snuggling in the nice seasons.

    Reach arounds

  10. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

    May 5, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Absolutely correct :lol3

    But even if you have a more steady relationship, two-up can bring some savings on long trips. Be able to split all fuel & bike-related costs. My missus rides herself, but she mostly prefers to be my pillion, when we travel. But if you only ride to the Starbucks and back, then it probably won´t matter if you do it solo or two-up.
  11. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

    Apr 22, 2012
    Rockyview County
    Riding 2-up = BMW

    Riding 1-up = used KLR
  12. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

    Jul 9, 2009
    Wandering WNC and sometimes in Costa Rica
    I find that any time a woman grabs my junk I may get lucky later
  13. dirtrulz

    dirtrulz Been here awhile

    Oct 26, 2006
    denver co
    For me riding two-up lets me ride more. If I go by myself she feels ignored and bored and I feel guilty for not spending the free time we have together. Go riding together and it takes care of both problems.
  14. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

    Feb 17, 2008
    Nelson area, Kootenai, BC, Canada
    I dunno, lucky might mean not crashing in that situation. :eek1 :lol3
  15. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

    Dec 1, 2005
    Pacific NorthWet, Napa Valley North
    Really? In the circles I hang out in, that's referred to as the pillion's emergency brake. :huh
  16. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

    Apr 20, 2006
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Through many years of riding I've always enjoyed showing a few girls a good time while snuggled up close. :wink:


    Good times and miles of smiles. :D Mark H.

  17. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

    Jul 18, 2010
    Mountain Home, AR
    ^ ^ ^ This ^ ^ ^
  18. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

    Oct 8, 2009
    El Paso?
    I knew my wife was feeling secure in the marriage when she asked me to slow down in the corners.:lol3
  19. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

    Sep 2, 2012
    Pocono Mt.s PA
    I love taking women on the back of my bike. I rode for 1.5 years before I took on that responsibility though. The last 3-4 girlfriends I had loved riding pillion. 5 girls ago, that chick hated it, she was terrified and didn't want me going over 35, I only took her out once, she was a nutcase anyway.

    My present girl likes riding on my bike but doesn't want to ride her own bike on the road. Meanwhile she's owned 2 250 cc dirtbikes, and owns a quad. She just doesn't want to ride on the road and I respect that. Just means I get her rubbing up on me more often.:D

    I did break the 1 penis per bike rule though. My good friend and coworker is kind of a dumbass and lost his license. In early December my car didn't want to start so I texted him "Bundle up and pack light, we're taking my bike" and picked him up on my KLR. It was a funny site when we pulled into work, and stops were kinda weird because he slid into me.:huh

    I lent him my spare Icon helmet that's a medium, fits most women I've dated. When we got to work I told him "Eric you're the first person to wear that helmet that I haven't slept with":lol3

    It's fun making him feel awkward, perhaps enough of that and he'll get his shit together and get his license back.
  20. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

    Sep 1, 2010
    Almost East Texas
    Good post for one started so long ago.

    It seems a lot of people here ride for different reasons. The "extra weight" and "getting laid" comments are funny though.

    Getting laid isn't a problem, the extra weight? Really? Is your butt that in tune with the universe? If so, OK.
    My wife has more miles and time on pillion that most folks ever achieve. It is our quality time. Time away from phones, TV, computers, work and all the other distractions of life. The kids are grown, but it is still "our" time. I know I ride a differnt machine than a lot of people here, but the "weight" is missed when it isn't there. It also has no effect on the handling. Sounds kina lame to me, especially with the level of "expertise" a lot on this forum claim.

    Share a saddle. It takes more love than a bed.