It does slope forward some, however my wife doesn't seem to mind nor do I And trully the slope is only when no one is on it. with 1 or two people it compresses the suspension and flattens right out. Being completely honest here.......It really depends on what YOU are truly looking to do with a bike. Fire roads/trails to camping locations. Tiger, Tenere, Multistrada, Gs, Buell Uly, all just fine 1 or 2 up. Would I attempt Colorado Utah TAT on one....nope, well maybe somebody elses but not mine. Just like I would NOT take a 650 single loaded with 2 people and gear on an interstate road trip. But would do that on my Tiger any day of the week and have. Comfortably at speeds able to keep up with or pass Turnpike traffic. Not just making up crap I owned a BMW F650 rotax motor thumper. Great light little bike much better for off road than the Tiger. (yes I said it) But was anaemic & underpowered on the highway. Put 2 grown adults and gear on it and it was pathetic. Felt like I was on one of the old lawn mower motor scooters from my childhood. Sooooo if you really want a bike that is capable of doing it ALL in 33 years of riding and 28 bikes the one I chose (when I had to downsize to just one) and will not ever get rid of is the 955i Tiger.