Not knowing what's in your stable it's a bit tough to elaborate. But I'll take a shot.
My comparisons will come from a c-10 1 liter Kawasaki Concours. background as I rode it over 200k miles. Accel is about .33 seconds slower in a 1/4 mile so performance is decent, just not in the ZX1400 stratosphere. IIRC, 12.5-12.7 in the quarter? It's 200 lbs than the Connie helping it in a lot of departments.
Two up if you wanna be brisk with passing a down shift of a gear or two will help a bunch at highway speeds. The bike is on the smaller side so two up can be a bit cozy depending on your size. If you can't test drive the both of you should go to a dealer and actually sit on one to see how it works for ya. 2 up on an occasional basis seems quite workable assuming you fit.
Your usage matches ours pretty closely.
I wouldn't buy the bike for continual 2 up.
For reference I've put about 26k miles on a '15 that I bought used about a year and a half ago, the bike now has just over 37k miles on it. It's gonna get another 9-11,000 on it on a four month tour starting in a few days.
The bike is an absolute riot in the twisties yet you can comfortably tour all day on it at 80+ mph, or take it into mildly off road conditions. I ride mine pretty hard, averaging about 6k only with Pirelli Angel GT tires and am averaging 50.2 mpg over the last 20k miles. Awesome bike, with some farkling. Oh, the side cases are big enough to hold a 2 liter stainless steel growler upright. Awesome.
That being said, I'm pretty sure my next bike will be a Yamaha 900 Tracer GT. The bike fits me about the same and weighs about the same and has an 853cc triple engine. Also comes with cruise and traction control. This will be about three years down the road. The Vs should have over 100k on it but will still have factory warranty left.
BTW the factory warranty can be extended to six years for about $435 if you contact the right dealer. I called a dealer near Dallas and set it up over the phone.
A pretty good source for info is here and there is also a monster thread over at ADVRider.
Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SteveinSunnyFlorida)
'99 Concours(with 234,xxx miles on it), sold
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And most of Canada too, eh?