Quick statistics: before marriage I did 10000km tour solo on my V in Europe, covering 12 countries and never been on highway, hard on corners, and a daily average of 450km
After marriage: two up on my V fully loaded I did only 2800km mostly on highway...covering only 6 countries, no hard cornering, a daily average of 130km with a stop every 45 min....
How is the V two up fully loaded?
Honestly I did not notice a difference on straight lines, in corners I was a bit scared not because of the bike but because of my wife who sometimes move to get some butt pain relief and I was worried if that could cause a crash in a corner...I had givi v35 and a top case givi 450 simply each of them with roughly 11kg of load. My weight is 98kg and my wife is 57kg. I did not feel that the bike was underpowered at all, got an excellent mileage (5.8L/100km) and the handling was great. My wife had to stop each 45 min to stretch and relief some butt pain...When I said to my wife may be if I upgrade to a super tenere she will feel more comfort she said "no, it is not about comfort and I feel the versys very comfortable, but it is about sitting"...which is kind of true because when we took a bus to visit an attraction located 45min from our hostel, she started feeling the butt pain again...when she saw many GS on the road she said "they are like steroid body builders: useless over-muscled" lool
Reliability: again, kawasaki is very reliable and trouble free bike, no issue at all all the way....
Upgrading to a super tenere? I am not sure as my wife says that the V is now a family member and that I spent so much time and money farkling it that it would be sad to let it go....but something is still calling for a super tenere inside me...
I will gather the photos and share them ASAP; meanwhile I found this in Austria :
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