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Ride with a passenger yet?

Just wondering, I love the performance with just me but I was wondering how it would compare with a passenger, especially on a long trip.
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Like everything else, the only real answer you can get here is - it depends.

How much do you, your passenger and luggage weigh and what kind of performance are you expecting?

Unless you both qualify as feather weight and travel very light, it's not going to accelerate in the same manner as it does riding solo. OTOH, if you have realistic expectations and know how to use the gearbox, it's quick enough under most conditions. I gave a friend a ride to the Chase the Snake BBQ, Machog was following us and he didn't complain about us holding him up.

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Talking Ridding 2 up

I am 235lb and with my girl on the back, no issues. Keep the RPM above 4K and you will not have any issues with this bike.
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I am 235lb and with my girl on the back, no issues. Keep the RPM above 4K and you will not have any issues with this bike.
Agree on the RPM's, especially when entering and leaving turns. My fiancee is light enough that I can still manage the bike, but shifting seems harder than with just me on the bike, as is the common need to apply more braking force.

The best advantage to a passenger (beside arm rests), once they get off, your bike feels new again.
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Performance is fine, Your passenger may appreciate a top box for a back rest.
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I've ridden a few times with my girlfriend and it has been fine. Brake earlier, keep the revs a bit higher, and be smooth. You'l be aok.
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I've taken my wife a bunch of times, and the bike performs great. I'm 210lb she is 115. I'm also getting a Shad sh29 top box with backrest for her comfort...
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I am 235lb and with my girl on the back, no issues. Keep the RPM above 4K and you will not have any issues with this bike.
Yea, Kind of like pushing the "TOW / HAUL" button on my truck

If your around 200lbs and your passenger is any more than 135lbs forget the long trip.


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Just wondering, I love the performance with just me but I was wondering how it would compare with a passenger, especially on a long trip.
My wife and I met up with Muskie for a 2 hour round trip ride from Hanover, Ontario to Wiarton Ontario with a stop for a nice lunch in Sauble Beach (Best Beach in Ontario). I was very pleased with with the Versys ability to hande extra weight. I was able to keep up with Muskie on his V and his wife on her Ninja 650r with no complaints from my V. Muskie's wife led the group the whole way and she is known to drive fast as the Ontario Provincial Police have a record of from a $300 speeding ticket she recently received. I have a Givi suitcase and my wife felt that it made the trip bearable. She already had a sore back and being able to lean back on it really helped. Would we go moe than 2 hours at a time? Not likely, but for a 400 lb bike, BRAVO! I am 6ft, 195 lbs and my wife is 5'6' weighing, lets say less than me. Thanks to Muskie and Wendy for beautiful ride and so nice to finally get together.
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Machog was following us and he didn't complain about us holding him up
What Gustavo is politely trying to say is that I could hardly keep up and there was no way I could overtake them-plenty of power.

+3 on the topbox back rest-my wife won't ride without one.

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My wife has her own bikes, so this hasn't been an issue, but I'm wondering how tall you folks are. I'm on my toes at a stop, and fearful that I won't be able to keep the bike upright when we come to a stop if I've got live weight on the back seat. Same for mounting up. Is this a real issue, or is it all in my head?

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I'm about 5'10" and definitely not flatfooted on the V. When you get the extra weight, of a passenger, it will bring your seat height down at least
an 1" and this gets more of your feet on the ground.

If you are still concerned, www.motowerk.com make an excellent lowering (lowers bike by 1.8" I think) kit that won't upset the handling. Or you could go for a different seat. Try it two up first and see how much closer to the ground you are before investing in lowering products.

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Im 5'11" about 195 and have no problems keeping my feet flat on the ground with just me on it. Shes 5'6" about 120 so I think we'd be okay for an afternoon trip according to everyones input, thanks.
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I'm 245lbs, wife is 105. Bike is fine, no issues. In fact the ride is more comfortable with a passenger, which tells me I should spend a few minutes adjusting the suspenders. My wife actually likes it a lot more on the V than our old FZ1.
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I've taken my wife out for a ride on the V twice now, both rides roughly an hour and a half. Her biggest complement to the bike.. the topbox. Like the other guys mentioned, the top box behind her as backrest and also as "safety net" made her very comfortable on the back.

The bike has more than enough power to handle two people for sure. She mentioned both times how comfortable the ride was on the back. Her only complaint was that she was getting cold... hey it's winter... and that's not the bikes fault

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I weight 240 had a guy on the back that was 210 had the keep the RPMS up at 4 ran just fine
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