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Offline Kamanya

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2020, 08:39:51 pm »
You’re doing this backwards.

Take the Mrs off to test ride all the bikes on a good run with some gravel involved.

Whatever she likes is your bike.

Knowing her, I bet she likes the 990 so long as it comes with a Topbox and doesn’t have loud pipes. She’ll be a little nervous of the height but that’ll soon disappear.

She’ll hate the “buzzy” triumph and the GS will piss her off after the first big bump.

Try a big Electraglide Harley too. Laugh now, but at least take her on one.  You may be very surprised.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2020, 08:36:26 am »
Yep whatever bike, a top box is a thing that makes women feel safer from being thrown off the back of the bike
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2020, 08:56:02 am »
Aren't there any pilion friendly ADV bikes out there that handle well in the ruff stuff?

If not, I could have kept my pig. I could get her anywhere, even in deep sand and I always mamaged to lift her up on my own. It can be done but I am not getting any younger.
Would I want to wrestle another 250kg mammoth off the beaten track?
Hell No!

The other alternative would be to limit my riding to good gravel roads.
But where's the fun in that?
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2020, 09:01:22 am »
You seem to know my wife  :biggrin:
Remember, she loves the adventure.
She will pillion on almost anything, as long as I manage to keep it upright.

You’re doing this backwards.
Take the Mrs off to test ride all the bikes on a good run with some gravel involved.
Whatever she likes is your bike.
Knowing her, I bet she likes the 990 so long as it comes with a Topbox and doesn’t have loud pipes. She’ll be a little nervous of the height but that’ll soon disappear.
She’ll hate the “buzzy” triumph and the GS will piss her off after the first big bump.
Try a big Electraglide Harley too. Laugh now, but at least take her on one.  You may be very surprised.
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2020, 09:45:52 am »
Dont know what they go for, but a 1200 triumph shaftie?
They do not sound like a flat fart in C major.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2020, 10:10:51 am »
Out of all the bikes I had, my wife liked the V-Strom the best w.r.t pillion

But to pillion on a 650 would be a schlep!!

650 is fine for one rider
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2020, 10:12:25 am »
Out of all the bikes I had, my wife liked the V-Strom the best w.r.t pillion

But to pillion on a 650 would be a schlep!!

650 is fine for one rider

You can sprocket it for that extra torque
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2020, 10:24:30 am »
Out of all the bikes I had, my wife liked the V-Strom the best w.r.t pillion

But to pillion on a 650 would be a schlep!!

650 is fine for one rider
Wa val jy uit?

Die 650 Strom is n V-Twin motor met 66BHP/49kw teenoor jou Dakar se 50BHP/37kw, dit is 16BHP of 12kw meer.

Die V-strom los di 650GS vir dood.

Ek het met di 08 Bash saam n klomp 650's saam weg getrek uit Zastron uit. Ek was al by di huis vir n ruk toe di manne deur Sasolburg gesukkel kom.

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2020, 10:27:14 am »
Out of all the bikes I had, my wife liked the V-Strom the best w.r.t pillion

But to pillion on a 650 would be a schlep!!

650 is fine for one rider
Wa val jy uit?

Die 650 Strom is n V-Twin motor met 66BHP/49kw teenoor jou Dakar se 50BHP/37kw, dit is 16BHP of 12kw meer.

Die V-strom los di 650GS vir dood.

Ek het met di 08 Bash saam n klomp 650's saam weg getrek uit Zastron uit. Ek was al by di huis vir n ruk toe di manne deur Sasolburg gesukkel kom.

Mo@rse verskil.....

Niemand het gesê jy moet met 'n dakar pillion nie. Pillion met 'n single  :lamer: crazy!!

Pillion is net meer 'gemaklik' op 800+

Alhoewel my 800gs se seat is bietjie hard vir my vrou. 

Die suggestion vir 800adv is dalk nie sleg nie.  Met comfort seat kan hy lekker werk
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2020, 10:29:34 am »
Het jy al n V-strom gery?

Myse vrou se opinie is die Strom is die mees gemaklike pillion fiets, en ek het al 1100GS gehad, 650 en 1000Strom, 1200GSA, 800GS vir n week gehad.

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2020, 10:51:41 am »
Suzuki 650 VSTrom travels like a bigger liter class bike. More road orientated to make it like that though.
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2020, 11:01:48 am »
Het jy al n V-strom gery?

Myse vrou se opinie is die Strom is die mees gemaklike pillion fiets, en ek het al 1100GS gehad, 650 en 1000Strom, 1200GSA, 800GS vir n week gehad.

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2020, 11:12:48 am »
My new bike should at least match the off road capabilities of my 1150. A few less pounds would be a bonus  :)


 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2020, 11:15:46 am »
Suzuki 650 VSTrom travels like a bigger liter class bike. More road orientated to make it like that though.

Thats were you are wrong. I did Lesothos crappest passes at night on that V-Strom. Nothing wrong with the Strom and its off road capabilities.

That is also why it is the Yanks #1 weapon of choice 650. Because of their vast distances the twin motor suits them best.

Like i said, they regularly do 300 000miles without opening the motor, or doing anything else. Only downside is the looks, not the easiest on the eye.....
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2020, 11:40:55 am »
What actually was the deciding factor was that the Strom could haul ass.

When you do a trip you dont want to sukkel home at 140/150km/h. You want to gooooo. Now with that little twin I could go home at 190km/h all the way. It had the same power specs as the 1100GS I had at the time less a person in weight.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2020, 01:26:24 pm »
That 650 V-Strom motor is probably one of the best motorcycle engines (certainly in the 650 range) ever built

It has got proper 'get up and go'

I agree with Kamanya - take her with.
Since I met my wife in 1995 I have never bought a bike without having her on the pillion seat for a testride
If she ain't happy - it ain't my bike

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2020, 03:08:11 pm »
Out of all the bikes I had, my wife liked the V-Strom the best w.r.t pillion

But to pillion on a 650 would be a schlep!!

650 is fine for one rider

That may be true if the rider is 120kg and the pillion is 100kg and you carrying 30kg luggage.. but if the rider is 85kg and the pillion is 60kg then there is no problem with a 650 at all..

I'm 94kg and the miss is 58kg and I pillion with my Transalp 700 with zero problems even with a bit of luggage
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2020, 03:21:14 pm »
VuilHarry what about a neat Honda Twin 750 if you can get one with low kilos.Ask Superfoxi if he knows of one.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2020, 03:35:21 pm »
My daughter and ex girlfriend both swear that the 650 Transalp is the best for pillions
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2020, 04:07:23 pm »
My wife and I might both fall asleep on a Transalp  :biggrin:
My daughter and ex girlfriend both swear that the 650 Transalp is the best for pillions