Light Weight Bike Comfortable for Passenger

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  1. GeoAggie

    GeoAggie Adventurer Supporter

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    Any suggestions for light weight bikes capable of touring with passenger comfort in mind? That generally means to us among seat comfort being able to fit a passenger backrest or trunk case. Definitely under 500 maybe 450 lbs.
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  2. tankshooter

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    You don't mention your weights, but my wife and I are over the carrying capacity of most lightweight bikes. Even heavy sportster and dynas have a 400 pound capacity. Just another thing to consider to start narrowing things down. Manufacturers make it extremely difficult to find GVWRS to subtract the curb weight from.

    At 450 combined weight, my options are limited.
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  3. V0R2G0

    V0R2G0 Been here awhile

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    Versys 650 with bags is about 500 lbs. Has a higher weight carrying limit that some larger bikes like the Tracer 900. Honda CB500X i had was ok two up without luggage. I'm a big guy and it was close to the load limit with just my wife and I. Just my 2 cents. Cheers. Neil
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    I have a Versys 650. It may carry two people but it won't be comfortable. A V-strom 650 would be much better for two up. By the time you add luggage you might still be under 500 pounds.

    Most smaller motorcycles have narrow, uncomfortable seats, especially the passenger portion. At least there are aftermarket seats out there.

    If you want a bike that will comfortably carry two and their luggage and weight under 500 or even 450 pounds I'd look at a scooter. My Yamaha Majesty 400 is comfortable for two and weighs under 500 with a tail trunk added.

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    A Yamaha Xmax weighs in at just under 400 pounds and will comfortably carry two people as long as they aren't too big.
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  5. GeoAggie

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    Good points on GVWR. Together we're a bit under 300 lbs. Some of the smaller standards look inviting but the passenger space is cramped.
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  7. Gustavo

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    V-Strom 650. The fact that it's cheap new (or cheaper, used), anvil reliable and has a huge aftermarket support are just bonuses.


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    I also wanted to "down-weight" from 2 R1200GSs in a row and over 100k on them, but needed something that would be comfortable 2-up and travel well. We had rented an F800GT to tour the Highlands of Scotland in 2013 and were impressed, my wife was very comfortable. In late 2018, I decided to ship and store a bike in Europe, and picked up a used 2013. After riding her around the Alps for 3300 miles, came home and picked up a 2014 for our travel bike here. MV-Verholen bar backs, a peg lowering kit, Sargent seat and V-Stream windshield provide a very comfortable triangle for me. Also installed MV passenger peg lowers and my wife is as comfortable as on the GS. Wilbers fully adjustable shock did wonders for the handling, and I intend to install one on the Europe back as soon as we can travel there again.

    I think the sweet spot is 450 lbs and 100 hp, the GT comes pretty close at 470/90. I'll never again own a bike over 500 lbs, just really, really enjoy the light weight. And the belt drive is awesome, zero maintenance.

    Mia, in the Alps:

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    Ginger, here at home:

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    The rear MV peg lowering kit, made a BIG difference for my wife:

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  9. GeoAggie

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    F800GT is a good option. I would also need both bar risers and peg lowering kit.
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    Lots of choices available, send me a PM if I can be of any help. Good luck whatever you decide!
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    Tracer 900? Tiger 800/900
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  12. 72 Yamaha RD350

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    Compared to most mid-size or smaller bikes, the VStrom has a larger stock pillion seat. However, it is a tall bike and mine felt much more stable with a pillion after I installed lowering links.
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  13. Blackshirt

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    The Moto Guzzi V85TT is light, but fully equipped for touring. The other small-blocks (V7, V9) are also nice, but lack cruise control and the five fuel maps available on the V85. The V85 also has more power, a windshield, tubeless spoked wheels, and available hard luggage. With 6 gallons of fuel aboard and ready to ride, the base version weighs 460 lbs. Pictured below is the 100 year anniversary model:

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    https://www.motoguzzi.com/us_EN/models/v85-tt/
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  14. Alexander B

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    I strongly recommend you look at Yamaha XJ6 / FZ6R. Wind management is a disaster on the models with fairing, but all them have a fairly large, wide and flat seat and vibrate less than most smaller bikes. Flexible motor, but needs revs to go fast. Steel frame and soft suspension = comfort over maximum performance. Comes with ABS in Europe, at least.
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  16. davidji

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    The air-oil cooled R1200R fits the bill. Feels roomy 2-up. Comfortable. Wet weight spec I looked up is just under your weight limit, but with the boxer engine, it feels lighter than it is when stopped, or moving it around. Not sure the current model is as roomy.
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  17. Gustavo

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    I love the V85TT, more so now that they finally gave it tubeless spoke wheels, but 460 lbs is a very dry weight. It somehow gains 46 lbs of fuel, oil, etc. when they they say it's ready to ride (230 kg/506 lbs). I was surprised, as the V7 and V9 are both about 20 kg less, ready to ride and it doesn't seem like the V85 has that much more stuff on it... :dunno

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  18. Blackshirt

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    You’re absolutely correct, Gustavo (I converted the wrong figure). However, it is still fairly light for it’s level of features. About 38 lbs is fuel weight. I own two older Guzzis, so I am partial to the brand.
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  19. GeoAggie

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    I love these recent suggestions, thanks! Looking at specs. My 1250GS HP isn't too heavy but I was looking for something smaller/lighter. If I sell the 1250GS I was thinking about a 1250RT for touring but the R has intrigued me as well, especially riding here in Texas.
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  20. kickstandsup

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    So really, the range is 450 lbs +/- 200... :lol3
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