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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2020, 04:10:07 pm »
I did think about the AT but it might be a bit shy of hp for the given weight and two up.
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 #41 on: January 08, 2020, 04:28:49 pm »
Get a 1150 with a sidecar, or any big bike with a sidecar for that matter.....you'll never have to pick up the bike, your missus can either pillion or sit in luxury in the sidecar, and you can still adventure everywhere.....
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2020, 05:48:39 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

Yes , the comfort will do that  :biggrin:
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2020, 07:53:53 pm »
 ;D  :ricky:
Get a 1150 with a sidecar, or any big bike with a sidecar for that matter.....you'll never have to pick up the bike, your missus can either pillion or sit in luxury in the sidecar, and you can still adventure everywhere.....
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2020, 08:23:49 am »
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2020, 10:20:48 am »
I did think about the AT but it might be a bit shy of hp for the given weight and two up.
VuilHarry what about a neat Honda Twin 750 if you can get one with low kilos.Ask Superfoxi if he knows of one.

If you think the AT is shy of HP then you limiting your options dramatically, you may need to be looking at a twin cab rather.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2020, 12:21:56 pm »
I love how the first reply was the correct answer and then got shot down for 'weight'.

Go ride a Super Ten. the weight is a non issue.

In my opinion the S10 is the pest pillion friendly ADV bike out there.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2020, 07:31:24 pm »
Thanks Grunder and all the others who have replied.
Not as easy as I would have thought.
I sometimes ride where the bike can fall over and I am worried that I might replace my pig with another one, weightwise so to speak  :)
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #50 on: January 13, 2020, 02:13:54 pm »
This is exactly why I sold my V-Strom cause the KLE is just to small/slow  to pillion............... :deal: more time to myself :ricky: :ricky:   :pot:
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #51 on: January 16, 2020, 08:05:29 am »
I have no idea why but I am drawn to the pigs again. Solely for the reason of a comfortable pillion seat and the ability to carry luggage for two.
There is a cheap S10 available with 108k mileage but without any panniers.
The odd low mileage, well equiped 1200 GSA can be had for R 70k.
The only slightly lighter 800GSA  with low milieage starting at R 80K.

The pre 2008 GS might be good bikes but I dont like the look.
2008 models which are a lot more pleasing to the eye, can be had from R 75k.

Please lets hear your experiences with thsese bikes.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #52 on: January 16, 2020, 08:32:59 am »
@DIrty Harry


Deon Lak, owner of RUMBUX, now discontinued, has a set of NEW RUMBUX pannier racks that he is discounting, the double as crash protection bars for the rear...


they are ONLY good for SOFT luggage, but just letting you know, should you indeed consider the XT 1200Z...


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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #53 on: January 19, 2020, 05:59:13 am »
V strom 1000 if you 2 up gets my vote
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #54 on: January 19, 2020, 08:16:38 am »
V strom 1000 if you 2 up gets my vote
Are you referring to the later model with spoke wheels?
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #55 on: January 19, 2020, 11:54:31 am »
2008 models which are a lot more pleasing to the eye, can be had from R 75k.

Please lets hear your experiences with thsese bikes.

Harry I have a 2006 with nearly 90 000 kms on. Has been very reliable. When buying one with higher mileage just pull the shaft to make 100% sure it is ok. If you buy one and want to make it better for dirt fit a 21" front wheel. The 1200 engine do not have "soul" like the 1150 has, but they grow on you.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #56 on: January 23, 2020, 09:36:51 am »
V-Strom I would only consider with spoked wheehls. From 2015?

So far, the KTM 990 is high on my list, mainly for the fun factor.
The S10 seems to be a goodd package, despite the weight.
800GS is an uninspiring option 2 up.
If all fails, there are many 1200 GS and GSA available.

If engine power is no concern, the Transalps can be had cheaply.
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #57 on: January 23, 2020, 11:18:39 am »
What about an 1190 with the power parts seat? Heating for your wife with her own control knob (my wife loved having her own knob :D).

It's a magic engine, beautifully balanced & even new are well affordable.

 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #58 on: January 23, 2020, 02:24:37 pm »
1190 with bum warmer, sounds good to me 😋
What about an 1190 with the power parts seat? Heating for your wife with her own control knob (my wife loved having her own knob :D).
It's a magic engine, beautifully balanced & even new are well affordable.
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