How many folks routinely ride two-up on dual sport rides.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by professorkx, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. professorkx

    professorkx Been here awhile

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    My wife is on the back of my Tiger 800xc every time it leaves the shop for anything other than the ride to work, but we rarely notice others who are riding passengers, especially in the rough terrain. Sandy has gotten off and walked a couple of hero sections, but normally just closes her eyes and holds on. Example:

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    We are leaving on a multiday dual sport camping trip Friday, and because we don't know of others (except my two sons and their ladies) who take their spouse, we take these trips solo.

    We also have a couple of Harleys, and it's common to see passengers, and we ride with other couples on road trips. While solo isn't a problem, just curious, are we the exception in the dual sporting world? Not talking about the occasional trip with your significant other, but rather 90%+...
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  2. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    I've started taking my girlfriend on adventure rides on my 990. I'm very impressed with what it can pull off. My limiting factor is that she doesn't have near as much gear as me, so I avoid anything I perceive as a large risk. Lucky, my perception of risk is different from many others.

    I'd love to do some of the Trans-Eastern Trail or the Kentucky Adventure Loop with her, I'd just want to motel it, to avoid the extra weight of camping gear.

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    (click for video) It was about 30" deep, and I was quite worried with my open intake.
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  3. mrphotoman

    mrphotoman Long timer

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    I do all the time, it is not a big deal.

    We got some stunned looks passing people on the burning rock motocross trail system lol.

    I take her through water crossings up to the handlebars, single track, etc. We are not "American size" people though, I am 6' 180lbs and she is 4'10" 95lbs so the two of us combined weigh less than a lot of "full size" people around here lol.
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  4. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    I usually don't punish my wife with offroad riding but she loves going everywhere else on the XC
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  5. racer

    racer Long timer

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    Darz rode the 2 day Trans Florida rally with his wife on the back of a DR650. He had no problems in the sand. You're a hell of a rider Darz!
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  6. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    This is my wife and I a few months ago

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    We've since gotten bolder / faster, although it normally ends up being pretty rough on her.

    Then there's this couple. You might have seen a few of their ride reports. Very impressive 2up riding, I'd love to ride with them sometime. I think the fact that the pilot looks like an Icelandic giant doesn't hurt :lol3
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  7. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    I'm a n00b, how does this work? Do both of you stand when the going gets tough? Does one stand and the other gets a faceful of butt? One inquiring mind would like to know.

    Edit - curiosity got the best of me. Sounds like both should stand, but it seems from what I've read that many don't (either only the main rider stands or both sit) due to lack of coordination together or comfort. However it's done, off-road/pavement 2-up doesn't seem easy and those who ride pillion are most likely very brave!
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  8. paul56

    paul56 Usually gruntled

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  9. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    My youngest daughter rides most everywhere with me. the trick to it is a good pillion rider. Someone that listens good when you say this is going to be ruff, learns to move with you and not away from you. I have even had her standing on the pegs taking pictures over my head before on some really slick roads. spend enough time on a bike together and you learn how to trust each others movement. I wouldn't try a lot of things with other people that I have with her. Being good at two up takes time riding two up with the same person.
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