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Need suggestions on a smooth ride

#1 Unread post by tymanthius » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:45 pm

Been a while since I've been on this forum, life just gets in the way, and I'd rather ride than type.

Anywho, my g/f loves to ride with me, but her back gives her significant issues, so she can't ride on my thumper any longer.

I'm guessing a big touring bike, with the long wheel base and heavy weight, might be ridable for her. I'm partial to BMW's myself, but the important things are comfort for her, and price point. She needs a full back rest like the GoldWings have.


As I ride a BMW F650GS, it should be obvious that I don't care about the bells and whistles like radio, heated this & that, cb, etc. But it needs to have the smooth ride, and comfy passenger seat.

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#2 Unread post by sapaul » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:01 am

R1200R with a topbox and back rest, or an RT. Cruisers in the 650 class, Hyusong Aquilla. Aprillia Tuano. Suzuki Bandit
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#3 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:00 pm

+1 on sapaul's suggestions. You can also get top boxes for most bikes like the Yamaha FZ6 or 1, the Honda 919 or 599.
Might want to look into an older Goldwing 1100 or 1500, possibly a K1200 series. Even a used K1300GT would work well for you.
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#4 Unread post by tymanthius » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:08 pm

Wrider wrote:Other suggestions...
Strap a board to her back, problem solved! haha JK JK.

If we thought it'd work, we would!!

Even being in a car hurts, but she deals with it. We have a friend with a 700(?) shadow that has a sissy bar. Might borrow it and see how that works out.
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#5 Unread post by Marvin » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:40 am

Depends on your budget, what you want to spend, if you want a cruiser touring or a sport touring bike.
The best and most expensive is the Honda Goldwing .
The best value for the money cruiser-touring bike is the Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer, I did ride this bike and I was impressed with the extreme engine performance it has compaired to the Honda VTX1300
The Honda ST1300 is a great bike, but it has a old school handling feel and feels heavy and hard to ride
Suzuki V Strom 1000 (the V Strom 650 is underpowered for a passenger) The V Strom 1000 is a great bike, but it sits high and it won't work if you have short legs, and don't believe the guys that say the 650 is just as powerfull as the 1000!
Suzuki Burgman 650 Exceitive, yes, its a scooter, but its a FAST scooter, very comfortable for a passenger, excellent wind protection, you can ride one down the road at 70 mph and hear the birds singing in the trees.
Yamaha Venture, excellent cruiser for comfort and touring.
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#6 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:42 am

The Strom 650 is underpowered, but the Burgman is "FAST"? :roll:

You can probably MacGuyver a back rest onto most things.

The Buell Ulysses has a kind of cool flip-up back rest.

The Strom 650 has, I think, decent power for two-up. I'll admit that I'd want more displacement if I was making long, luggage laden, multi-day trips with a pillion, but it works fine for day trips. More importantly, the 90* v-twin is pretty smooth.
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#7 Unread post by steavemark16 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:55 pm

I have read your deficulties regarding to smooth ride. Suzuki is the best bike for ever. It has low mentainance and provides a good average which we expect. It has a affordable price. I am also ridding it since last10 years. The seats are comfortable for long drive.the another bike can be also suitable for us. If you able to buy expensive bike, it is good but the mentainace and average are not well at all.

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#8 Unread post by erbgottie » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:30 pm

Those Suzuki v-twins are pretty darn smooth IMO, put 15K on mine and it's prob been the smoothest I've owned!
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#9 Unread post by steavemark16 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:39 pm

It is good to have a smooth ride. You have manage a different bike for her. You have to find on Google. Heavy bike it is good for pick up.

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#10 Unread post by JTRogue » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:08 pm

I will admit the Burgman has good power and quite smooth. I would recomend it and since it is lower and the shiftless feel it may be easier on her back.

More than enough power for me and I am 3bills plus and had the thing in triple (I do not endorse law breaking) didgets with more power left.
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#11 Unread post by jmillheiser » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:26 am

sapaul wrote:Suzuki Bandit
The new bandit have better passenger accomodations than the old school one? My bandit 600 wasn't particularly passenger friendly and the 1200 had the exact same seat and riding position/passenger accomodations.

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#12 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon May 10, 2010 10:11 pm

I have been a passenger on many occasions. By far the most comfy ride was being on the pillion of the Valkyrie. (Unfaired Goldwing basically). It had enough room on it to not feel squished. I could lean back against the back rest and just enjoy the ride.
The second most comfy ride was on the Royal Star Venture. The only problem for me on this one is that on a long ride, my knees start to hurt. If a person has shorter legs it would not be an issue.

The 1000cc Virago was too short for comfort on a long ride. It was ok for a while because of the back rest, but there is no room to move the torso slightly for a change of position on the back.

The V-Star 1100 was ok, but the pillion seat is like a plank. The seat would have to be re-done for any kind of comfort.

One of the big Harley's I was on as a passenger was comfortable enough ergonomically, but the vibrations were awful. Too much vibrations on a back back will likely increase the discomfort.

The pillion seat should be large/wide enough to support the whole butt. If the seat is too narrow the body will be trying harder to keep balanced causing more strain on the back.

In the meantime, a back support (like a weight lifter belt idea) can help a great deal. I speak from experience. Since my crash three years ago, I have had ongoing problems. I could not ride for very long without my back/hip/shoulder hurting. I started wearng a back brace for some rides and it made a tremendous difference.

Similar to this....she could choose the one that is most suitable for her. There are several styles. The one in the picture is about $35.00

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Aside from the backrest, back brace, good pillion seat.....smooth shifting, acceleration and braking will all help to make a difference. If you brake suddenly or shift rough or accelerate abruptly, it forces the back to be jarred....(this is where the back brace will help).

Avoid ridged and bumpy roads when possible and check your suspension. A softer ride may also help.
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#13 Unread post by tymanthius » Mon May 10, 2010 11:10 pm

Thanks for the indepth reviews Blues! She actually has a medically prescribed brace, but it's so/so for sitting positions. One like you suggested might be a good idea.

We are also getting a 2nd opinion Thur to see if surgery is an option. As it's the 3 lowest Thorasic disc's, to do surgery requires taking her ribs apart & putting them back like leggo's. Not fun, but it could 'cure' things.

We will see!!
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#14 Unread post by dr_bar » Tue May 11, 2010 2:36 am

Smooth ride and comfort is what it's all about. The bike I ride is a bit less expensive than a Goldwing and just as comfortable.

I ride a Yamaha Royal Star Venture. My last bike was/is a Honda Valkyrie, also very comfortable for the pillion. It has all the power and weight of the Goldwing, but it's still a cruiser. I know you're far away, but you can see what it looks like on my Craigslist ad, (it's for sale.)

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