A question for BIG couples who ride together.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by rivercreep, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. orangebear

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    is 550lbs = 45 stone ? if so i think it be hard to fine a bike that can handal that total weight.
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  2. Murf2

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    rivercreep, My wife & I have the same problem. We usually tour on two bikes, nowdays. Which works well, lots of cargo capacity. We have 2 Harleys, a Uly and a SuperTT. Two up on the Roadking is O.K. but Harleys have less front to back space than most people think.This is really the case with a Tour Pac installed. The Uly really surprised us. It has much more room & with the preload cranked up, the ride is much better. It is a little too tall tho. I think an XB12XT, with it's lower suspension would be just the ticket.

    Good luck with the search!
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  4. rivercreep

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    Just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their replies.

    2 Bikes = not so sure about as my Girl has never even ridden a bicycle and I'd rather have her count on my skill to help keep her safe. (lots of really bad cage drivers in Reading Pa.)

    Next thing I'll be looking at are the weight ratings on the tires that some of the models I'm researching are using.
    Might be a good base point to see what's available for upgrades there to go with suspension work.:ear
    We're actually about equal in size all the way around. (H X W etc)
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  5. randyo

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    tires are not as important as suspension, I wanted to do the same thing, ended up going with a WP rear shock w 17.2kg spring in back and 1.2kg springs in the fork on my V-strom 1000, suspension wise, I'm good for 650 lbs payload, with motorcycle tires yer prolly gonna be overloaded, personally I don't think overloading the tires is a problem. I went to the darkside for other reasons (winter traction) having a rear tire rated for 1350 was a bonus
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  9. orangebear

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    have you thought about a bike and sidecar? as they are made to carry the weight of 3 people plus stuff .

    so as long as you only go 2 up on it then it be fine i guess.
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  10. Rhino-1

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    Go find whats comfortable for the both of you, then modify accordingly (suspension, seats, etc). The poster that mentioned "legalese" is right--manufacturers have to cover their arses because they have to put out a product that suits the majority of the consumers.

    It would take a heck of lot more than 550 lbs to "break" any of the above-recommended bikes, or to overwhelm their ability to stop. My .02
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  11. perterra

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    Check the tire capacity and upgrade your suspension on what ever you get. Enough wheelbase that your passengers ass aint hanging over the centerline of the rear wheel makes weight less problematic. If I'm within the tires, I can get the rest where i want it.
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  12. nwdub

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    I got a bigger bike and still didn't like it.

    so I got a smaller girlfriend!
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  13. NJ-Brett

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    My wife dropped 25 pounds at about 1.5 pounds a week, down from 180? by cutting out carbs and eating lots of fruit and veggies. The bike loves the diet.
    If I could give up beer, I could drop 20 pounds and be good at 180.

    You would need a bike with space and a weight rating.
    Some of the big Harleys seem to have the most space.
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  14. bwringer

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    You're not going to break the bike, overwhelm the brakes, or pop the tires, but you absolutely need well-controlled suspension.

    I am decidedly unsmall and my wife is, um, light as a feather. OK, a lot of feathers. :deal

    Anyhoo, a V-Strom 1000 with upgraded suspension (Sasquatch shock upgrades, stiffest available Sonic springs up front) handles us and our luggage just fine, and is plenty roomy.

    Bear in mind that the suspension on most Japanese bikes is set up for a 125 pound Japanese test rider. You'd think sometime in the last 40 years Suzuki would have figured this out and at least put some halfway decent springs on their bikes.
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