Looking for a 2 up bike on a budget? What should I get?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by xring04, May 13, 2013.

  1. xring04

    xring04 Been here awhile

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    To back things up a bit...

    In 2008 I purchased a new Goldwing with the intention of lots of two up trips and riding. It turned out that we only went on a couple of over night trips, none of which were over 300 miles.

    I got tired of the big bike and sold it off.

    11 or so bikes later, I've found my long term toy, a 2012 Bonneville.

    After one or two rides, my bride realized that it was not a two up machine.

    Fast forward to this weekend and my wife tells me she wants to ride with me again.

    I've set a fairly firm 4k price limit for this second bike. I'd love a FJR or a ST1300, but my price limit has ruled them out for the most part. I am finding quite a few vtx 1300s that I believe would meet the 2 up criteria and meet my price point. I'm not a huge cruiser fan, but for leisurely 2 up rides, I think it might fit the bill.

    What I want:

    Relaibilty
    2 up comfort
    Ease of maintenance

    What would advrider recommend?
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  2. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  3. xring04

    xring04 Been here awhile

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    I considered a Connie. How common is the hydrolocking issue?
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  4. DWiley

    DWiley n00b

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    I have a VTX1300 that I took from Northern VA to Niagara Falls last summer 2-up. Very comfortable ride. It's a good size bike but you said you had a Gold Wing before so it shouldn't be a problem. If you find one make sure it has aftermarket seats, preferably either Mustang or Ultimate X.
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  5. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Well like you found, there are a lot of cruiser options out there. But since you say you are not a cruiser guy lets look elsewhere for now.

    Just going to throw a bunch of these out there and see if any of them fit the bill.

    ST1100, C10 Concours, Bandit 1200 (my first choice), Aprilia Futura (2nd choice), Triumph Sprint, Triumph Tiger, V-Strom, BMW R1100R (well maintained one with records) Guzzi 1200 Sport (I think that was the precursor to the Norge, not totally sure tho)

    Barking up the wrong tree or keep going?
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  6. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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    Might look at a vstrom or 955i tiger. Older wings, voyagers, ventures can be cheap if in good repair.

    Oh yeah my owb bike. Trophy 1200.
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  7. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown I ain't nobody, dork. Right?

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    Just sold my SV for a 2-up bike, paid $1800

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    Love the bike.
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  8. jantarek

    jantarek Long timer

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    I was in similar situation (well sort of :D) anyway end up getting a st1300.

    from what I gatter you want a two up bike for a longer rides but not a big tourer and maybe a cruiser :scratch, well my choice was simple - Sport tourer, still fun for you and good solid bike for two up.

    Older Kawasaki Concours 1000 or Honda ST1100 are the best bang for the buck, plenty of power and known to run forever.

    Yamaha FJR 1300 is the most fun and has not been changed much since 2001 so you can find many out there for sale.

    Honda ST1300 is the biggest out of the bunch but still fun and not many changes since 2003 so just like FJR you can find tons of them.

    New Concours is awesome but it has a hard time staing below 55 :D

    sorry don't know much about cruisers

    or you can get a nice set of "Worry Beads" and go for BMW RT.

    anyway my 02.
    Good luck


    Jerry


    here is mine 2007 with 14500 miles, paid 8k for it
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  9. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Don't leave your petcock on prime and you'll be fine. If you're truly paranoid, Murph sells a kit to put your mind at ease.

    http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=483

    The old ones do that too. I looked down at the speedo this weekend and I was rapidly approaching 90. Whoops! :evil
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  10. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    How long have these recent 2-up rides been on the Bonneville?

    What is it about the bike your wife finds uncomfortable?

    Have you considered spending money on a touring seat for the Bonneville?

    Are you sure you wife will actually ride with you more than a few times, this time?

    I have a buddy who has been through bike after bike that he's bought to satisfy his wife. The truth is she really doesn't care to ride and he's just been wasting time and money searching for the perfect bike.

    Honestly, I have done some 2-up on a Bonneville, and have friends who do 2-up on Bonnevilles. You don't need a Goldwing to ride 2-up on lunch rides.
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  11. jantarek

    jantarek Long timer

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    Same here on ST :D
    On GS my teets starting to chatter at 70 :lol3
    (still love the beast tho)
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  12. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    My wife used to go on the back of mine all the time.
    The stock seat was nasty hard, but you can get better ones now.
    She really liked the Triumph low backrest, said it made har back feel better as it was in the right spot.

    Needs better rear shocks also, the stock shocks could not handle the weight.

    Lots cheaper then a new bike, shocks, seat, backrest.
    Put a rack on the back with a tail bag for her stuff...




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  13. lmyamen

    lmyamen Been here awhile

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  14. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Since you said cheap, what about a KLR?
    You can get luggage for free (milk crate)...

    I hear they are quite nice 2 up.
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  15. Tom-Nor

    Tom-Nor Wannabe Adventurer

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    Suzuki Bandit 1200,Honda CBF1000 or Yamaha TDM900?
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  16. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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    Not going to find the CBF1000 or the TDM900 state side:cry

    I've not experienced it but I've read a lot of complaints about 2up on the bandits, mostly lack of leg room causing cramps and the like.
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  17. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Yeah.

    Not being able to ride pillion on a Bonneville has more to do with "not wanting to" than "not able to".
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  18. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I have a CBF1000. Fantastic motorcyle with good passenger room. Went on 5 hr ride last weekend with my wife and some friends. I did a few passenger swaps and I wasn't really able to tell if I had any of the women on the back. Well except my wife when she gives me the reach around. :huh

    These bikes are not very old, first yr was 06 I believe. Not really cheap yet and new they're over 13k, so not exactly a budget motorcycle.
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  19. xring04

    xring04 Been here awhile

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    Ended up with an 06 St1300 I found here on ADV.

    Spent the morning changing the oil in the engine/final drive and giving her a good bath.

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    Next to check the valves and replace the thermostat.
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  20. Byork

    Byork Novice

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    Very nice bike. Congradulations :clap
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