L. A. ADVenture Rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Then here it is. :D
    I ride a 990 Adv. Haven't done tons of 2-up rides (maybe 500 miles on pavement and 100 dirt) I was always happy and comfortable. At a point that I kind of like 2-up better on pavement. Bike feels and is heavier and more stable. No problem what so ever about power. Comfortably cruised at and around 80mph. Less wind buffering, etc.
    I'd love to do more 2-up with panniers rides. I heard GS is a better choice for that but I LOVE my 990.
    I havent done as much 2-up dirt as Dunerat (hi Val :wave) but it fells great on dirt as well.
  2. roundtripping

    roundtripping Adventourist

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    Isn't that the very definition of personal experience? :dunno
  3. slugdad

    slugdad Been here awhile

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    what's your game plan todd?
  4. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    The 1150GSA has plenty of power with a passenger on and off road, it does get pretty cramped if you passenger is more than 5' tall. The one piece GSA seat does need to be longer to let the passenger slide back a couple of inches as well. A custom seat would be worth the cost on this bike to accommodate a passenger for long distances.

    Just ask Wally how much he liked being your passenger Ersin. :lol3

    You should probably get feedback from the passengers to help make your decision.
  5. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    At the moment Matt's plan sounds really good to me, but think it prudent to separate his smaller bike group from any biig bike riders that want to do the same tracks. No reason to slow them down, but if we can keep the group small, we might not be that far behind. Weather forecast for Sat morning up there looks interesting at the moment.

    Have ridden into Adelanto via pavement 3 times in the last couple of weeks so taking some dirt over Cajon Pass sounds good. Heading out on a business trip this morning and back Thurs night.
  6. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    Two-up?

    How big is your passenger? Long legs or short?

    I've done Canada and back (mostly paved), lots of Baja (mostly dirt) and Panama (fair amount of dirt) two-up on a 1200GS. The bike was fine for that. Also did Alaska on a 650 Dakar. That sucked two-up.

    It is really about your passenger being comfortable. If they're not, you won't be either.
  7. russt

    russt Adventurer

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    Thanks for the comments. My OP may have clouded the questions. Not planning on dirt 2-up, this is for long weekends with my wife and will be my commuter. Perhaps this question is too open ended unless the person has experience with the different bikes in this situation. I appreciate the responses!

    Thanks.
  8. russt

    russt Adventurer

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    She is 5'7", 120lbs. We are going to ride a few together to figure this out.
  9. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    Got any pics? :deal
  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I bought a Tiger 800XC for this. Customized the passenger seat for her and added a top-box with backrest.
    Does 2-up effortlessly, and at least a hundred pounds lighter than a GS. Also makes a great commuter and adventure bike. I couldn't be more pleased. The triple motor is a work of art. Four thousand miles in four months and it's been flawless.

    And no, you don't need a liter bike to do this.
  11. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    I haven't done dirt, but I have done a few long days with my girlfriend on the back of my F800GS. I'm 165 lbs, she is 130 lbs, I do 2 up with hard panniers (Caribou/Pelican type) and a Givi E52 top box case, and I felt I had enough power to go as fast as I wanted to go on the pavement (80-85mph). But people have different preferences on power (see johngil's comment about engine size).

    Some things to consider:
    1. Comfort of you and your passenger. Find a dealer or dealers that allow demo rides. Take the bike out for a spin with your wife. I never did this 2 up but my girlfriend is very comfortable on my F800GS. This is probably the most important thing to do and think about.
    2. Riding style...do you want to be more biased to road comfort, easy dirt roads, or rougher (bigwan/littlewan style: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=612129)? If it's road and easy dirt, you might like the GS's or Tigers more. If you want to be able to push it harder in the dirt, then the 990 is probably for you.

    Oh yea, your stand over height and what you need to do if the bike needs lowering, as you have to stabilize the big while she mounts/unmounts.
  12. russt

    russt Adventurer

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    Oh yea, I have plenty of pictures :fyyff....... Have you any money? (J/K, I woundn't do that)

    In all honesty and disclosure, she is 120-130 lbs. Wonderful wife and mother, and my best friend.
  13. luv2race

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    Back to bikes..........

    I've done 2-up on the 990 on the road, I probably wouldn't want to do dirt unless it's just cruisin on a dirt road, but nothing too rough even though the KTM is the most dirt worthy of the bunch. Funner then shit on the twisties and I gotta be mindful she is back there as it can quickly bring the hooligan out in ya. Plenty of power and the wife says she is very comfy with the Seat Concepts tall seat. She has a back rest with the top case, but it's harder to mount the bike because it's in the way of her long legs, so we ride without the top case. When we ride for long periods we take breaks, get off and stretch and walk around to ease the old man pain.
  14. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    If no dirt, Harley Davidson Electra custom dyna wide hydra low rider convertible heritage thingy.
  15. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Small bike group is full (4) unless someone backs out.

    Don't want to start a debate, but some parts of my planned route are not really suitable for big bikes :nah
    That being said, other parts will surely be boring on the small bike :bore
    Whatayagonnado :dunno

    If I find the time, i'll piece together big bike friendly and fun route :deal

    -M
  16. Windrat

    Windrat just a poser

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    The bike size..... rider skill debate... is fun
  17. russt

    russt Adventurer

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    John,
    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Any dirt that I plan to ride with her will be graded dirt roads that should be paved if anything. Our other friends that she wants to tour with have cruisers, so no dirt as a group. But I will want to hit the dirt when riding alone, so your experiences on your 990 are helpful. There was a 990 on consignment at the KTM shop in Palmdale. If it is still there we will go take it out for a run.

    Take care.
    Russ
  18. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    Well seems most of the guys left around here can actually ride. If you can ride, bike size is really less important.
  19. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    ah come on you puss :lol3 my big ass and my wife use to rock the '82 Honda 2-up all the time...been all over Big Bear, Calicos and Hi Dez on that beast :freaky


    But in all honestly fireroad stuff is most enjoyable 2-up..two track is ok until you start hitting rock gardens and shit oh and steep climbs .. then you just yell " Start walking" , been there done that but she knew it was part of the deal and even got good at a rolling dismount should it be needed :lol3
  20. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    I've done all of USA and central America (plus Colombia/Ecuador) two-up on a DL650. It's more than sufficient.

    MJS has it right- passenger comfort is key.