As with any motorcycle, a lot depends on the passenger. My wife loves riding and I am not even aware she is on the bike. When we get hot in the twisties she says she makes herself like a piece of wood. No matter what the conditions she always helps rather than hurts. Granted, I have added a trunk with a built in back rest and that makes her feel secure. Last summer we traveled on our EX650R to the MotoGP at Indianapolis. The weather was terrible, rain, rain, rain. The evening of the race we had motel reservations about 70 miles out of town. When we finally got there the electricity had just been turned back on after being off all day from the storm. We went to our room and poured water out of our boots! Not kidding. There were about 6 restaurants right outside the motel so after changing cloths we went out to get dinner. Well not a one was open because the power had been off all day. Trees down everywhere. We finally found a filling station that was open and had soda, microwave hamburgers, and candy bars for dinner. Believe it our not, not one complaint, we both had a great day. From there we went to Deal's gap, Pigeon Forge, Cherokee, etc. for a week. After a couple of days the weather improved. Great vacation, great riding, wonderful companion. So finally, just do it.