The pillion bike?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Echo3Niner, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Echo3Niner

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    First, hello, I'm new to this forum.

    Second, I'm not an "adventure rider", I'm actually a sprint rider (short trips). I grew up on dirt bikes (amateur MX) and graduated to road racing bikes (amateur roadracer). However, as I've aged, my wife and I would like to do some weekend rides, and the Daytona isn't what my wife thinks of as comfy. She did ride the Interceptor, and enjoyed it, but she's kinda tall (5'8"+), with long legs, and the leg room (or lack there of) made her legs hurt after more than an hour or so in the saddle.

    So, in the search for a bike that she will enjoy sitting on first and foremost, and that I'll enjoy riding, I found this forum.

    Now, to the point: I have been looking at various second bikes, for our longer trips, and have several we've been considering:

    1. Triumph Thunderbird Storm (with comfy seat).
    2. Triumph Sprint GT (with comfy seat) [since the ST is no longer sold in the US].
    3. Ducati Diavel Carbon Red (with comfy seat).
    4. Triumph Tiger 1050 (with comfy seat).
    5. Ducati Multistrada S Touring (with comfy seat).
    6. Forthcoming rumored Aprilia Tuareg 1200.
    7. Forthcoming Motus MST.
    8. etc.

    It is much of this research that kept bringing me to this site, so thought I'd finally join instead of lurking, and get opinions directly from the members.

    I need a bike that handles, and would like to keep it +/- 500 lbs. I would also like 100+BHP at the rear wheel. I'd like something different than an ST, basically because it would not be as good as my Daytona, but I would want to ride it that way, so I'd prefer something different.

    I want all that, and a comfy seat for her, plus lots of leg room for her too... Not asking too much am I?

    At this point the Multistrada is in the lead, but frankly it's ugly (if they'd just get rid of that duckbill snorkel on the front), and really tall, I'm only 5'9"+ with a 30" inseam...

    Anywho, there you go, have at it!
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  2. Echo3Niner

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    I forgot to mention; I'm not a fan of Japanese (anymore) or German bikes (as you may have guessed from my list), as I don't feel they have any soul... More like sewing machines...
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  3. cug

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    Giving my wife's opinion (we do test a lot of bikes, at least sitting on them, often test riding):

    She doesn't like it.

    I don't like it. Too much lean, too heavy steering with pillion.

    That's a joke, right? I wouldn't be allowed in the bedroom anymore if I had to compensate with that thing ... :lol3

    Pillion seat going too high. Not uncomfortable though.

    Best of this list.

    Of course no idea.

    The Multi is the best of your list, but it's high as you mention. I'm okay on it with my 34" inseam, my wife liked it.

    But in the end: she likes my GS most. Likes it even more than an RT and much more than a GSA and more than a Goldwing. Doesn't help you though ...
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  4. Cat0020

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    Tried them all, out of all the Euro, American, Japanese machines, the wife insist that Burgman 650 is the best, large seating area, backrest, car rear tire for large contact patch and ride comfort, large capacity of undersea storage, 1/2 the weight of a Goldwing, just as capable.
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  5. Juggernot

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    Took the wife for q ride on the Tiger 955i. She ordered me to buy it.
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  6. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    My wife likes the pillion of the 1200 Multistrada much more than the 1200 GS.
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  7. cug

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    Other way around here. We did a direct comparison one day. But - it all comes down in what you (or your wife) personally likes.
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  8. olie

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    Based on my wife criteria...
    If European, the RT is the choice.
    If Japanese, C14 w/ extended pegs.

    Based on my criteria, the RT engine is not my cup of tea. Definitively it will be very hard to beat a C14...
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  9. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    '09 Concours C-14
    -passenger peg extenders
    -Sargent seat
    -"Eurocut" windscreen

    (so I REALLY tried to make it comfortable for both of us)

    I never got to like the bike and after I traded it in SWMBO admitted that she never liked it either- she never felt comfortable.

    IMHO- (and I know I am bucking the tide here) the C-14 is fast but big and HEAVY.

    So, for the OP- from all I have read, think MULTISTRADA
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  10. Echo3Niner

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    Hahahaha, thanks, but you must've missed the part where I said: "I need a bike that handles, and would like to keep it +/- 500 lbs. I would also like 100+BHP at the rear wheel." :rofl
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  11. Echo3Niner

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    We have looked at the Connie, but if I was gonna go with a straight ST, I'd go with the Sprint; more character.
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  12. Echo3Niner

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    Actually, according to some of the Diavel's forums, it can be fairly comfy for the pillion...
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  13. Juggernot

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    Hey jarhead, have ridden the T-bird yet? I would highly suggest riding the Tiger 800 if you have a dealer close. Very impressed with both bikes.
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  14. cug

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    Compared to a Monster? :lol3
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  15. Echo3Niner

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    I have not; taking my Daytona up for some maintenance soon though, so will probably try to get a test ride of either or both if I can.
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  16. Echo3Niner

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    Nope, no comparison, they were just talking about their pillions opinions. They do make a "touring seat" for it, though I haven't actually seen it on the bike, so don't know how different it is.

    We would like a "cruiser" type bike, but having only ridden dirt and sport bikes my whole life, I can't get past the forward footpegs; one of the reasons I like the Diavel, since it's pegs are straight down.
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  17. Juggernot

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    I think you will really like the thunderbird. I haven't ridden the storm but I did ride the 1700CC version before the thunderbird came out. Lots of smiles per mile.
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    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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  19. Echo3Niner

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    That Guzzi doesn't look like my pillion would like it much...

    And I already said I'm not considering German or Japanese soulless sewing machines...

    But, thanks for playing!
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    Is that some marine thing against the nazis and japs that evolved into their vehicles?
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