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Passengers on the V?

How many of you ride regularly with a passenger? How do they like the seat and riding position. Do they have trouble getting on do to the height?

How does the bike handle with a passenger? I know that depends a lot on the passenger size and experience being a passenger.

My concern is due to the height by short wife won't be able to get on to easy...She is only 5' tall....
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My wife rides with me regularly. She's 5'4" and 58 years old. She also has a short inseam, but is reasonably nimble for her age and gets on and off well. It's not necessary that your wife straddle the bike and touch the ground at stops, just be able step up, grab you and loop her leg over.

The bike handles the weight quite well, and as you mention successful pillion riding requires learning how to do it properly. Once that happens, it's a lot of fun.

Are you planning on primarily riding alone or together a lot. Short hops are best on a relatively lightweight bike like a Versys. My wife is starting to really enjoy riding together (she hasn't ridden for about 20 years) and it looks like we may have to get something with a little more oomph and longer tour ability.

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No she doesn't ride with me often.....so its not a deal breaker by far.

Thanks for the info
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5ft/125lb - perfect bike chick size! Took my girlfriend to Corsica from UK, 3k miles. Fully loaded with bags/top box, no problem for her or the bike. She Prefers V seating over my other bikes. I covered the rear seat with grippy cloth to stop her sliding, Upped the rear preload as it will tend to wheelie more two up and thats it.
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My wife didn't complain about the seat, just that she was afraid she was going to slide off the back. A top rack and hardcase with a backrest would be welcomed by most ladies, I think.

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I ride 50% of the time on two. have a tribo seat cover for her (great little gimmick!). with the early and constant torque on the versys not so different the response with either one or 2 up, in my opinion, it matches any higher powered bike in that sense, and that is quite a feat.

in fact with me driving the seat feels even more confortable (leans backwards a bit)

only hard thing is working on a front / rear suspension setting that works for both situations, one or two up (and of course that will always be a compromise), but I am getting there close to midpoint...
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I might be off here, but IMHO, the V handles better with a passenger.

My wife used to be my co-pilot a lot. However, she's busy with the kiddos now.
I however have my dad, mum, bros and son who passenger when the seat's available.

One important thing changes when I'm on this mode:
I ride very conservative. No high speeds and avoid any close quarter situations.
I agree that it is selfish to cause any injury to my passenger in all scenarios.

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My wife is also 5 feet tall and she does have a little trouble getting on the Versys. She gets on like you get on a horse: step on the left passenger peg and throw the right leg over. When we're in a parking lot, I'll pull up next to the curb and she steps on the curb to gain four inches or so.

But once she's on the bike, the Versys is her favorite of the bikes I've owned. We have ridden other more touring oriented bikes, including a GL1800 Gold Wing, Harley Electra Glide, Honda ST1300, etc., but I never OWNED any of those.

Once on board, she actually likes the higher perch because she can see over my shoulder better. That's a matter of personal taste. I know some passengers don't like the feeling of being perched up high.

My long trips are solo, not two-up. She enjoys day trips a lot and feels comfortable on the Versys.

Like the post above, I tend to ride considerably more conservatively and leave a bigger margin of error with a passenger, so the Versys is plenty capable for the way I'm going to ride two-up.

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Echoing what most have said, my 5ft wife rides and enjoys the view from the back. Seat does get to her after 45 minutes or so, but we plan breaks around that. I also ride with my 10 year old son every weekend. He does fine back there and we have a blast. Topcase is the key to keeping everyone safe and secure IMHO.
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