Solo or Two-up?

Solo or Two-up Preference?

I'll be home by dark:30.
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OK, you can come along, but no screaming.
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I don't care... whatever.
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#81 Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:29 am

I know more than one person that's not into "two up" for the feeling of personal liability incase of an accident. I'm not talking the insurance angle but the feeling of guilt angle. I respect their choices unlike some of their so called friends...
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#82 Unread post by sapaul » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:15 am

I have a strange one, my missus will climb on the back of any bike I ride and is quite comfortable riding her own bikes or demo's. Even rode around on a 250 scrambler in Zanazibar. I am quite comfortable with any one except really large people on the back.
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#83 Unread post by sunshine229 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:24 pm

I've never had anyone on the back, I'm just too paranoid to give it a try. I'd rather just go on my own and not worry about a person on the back. However, I'm lucky because Mike's usually beside me anyways! :mrgreen:
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#84 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:54 pm

Either way's fine. I enjoy riding solo because I can ride a bit more, uh, spiritedly. But riding with a pillion is fine too. I can relax, cruise, and enjoy the company.
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#85 Unread post by sapaul » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:50 am

I am the other way, put a pillion on the back



I like to hear them scream :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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#86 Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:50 pm

jstark47 wrote:How old's your daughter?
She is 13, so definitely old enough...she can start riding a 50cc scooter on her own next summer @ 14 here in Alberta...so I don't want that to be her first experience on a bike. Wifey's just not terribly comfortable with the motorcycle in general. I don't think she has ever known anyone who rides...I really want to get her to go for a ride first to see that it isn't that scary, but who knows how she would react to it...I'm thinking of buying a 50cc scooter for bombing around town and hopefully she will ride the thing in the summer... :wink:

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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#87 Unread post by ShovelheadJohn » Sun May 27, 2012 10:09 am

Solo for me.......both my ex and current wife know that I need that time to myself....

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#88 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sun May 27, 2012 2:00 pm

Fun how new members revive old threads --

I don't mind a passenger at all, my wife's got her own bike though so we rarely ride 2Up. I put the kids back there as often as I can, two daughters aged 8 and 6 and my 9 yo stepson as well, and I'd happily carry other passengers if they wanted to go. With the exception of family, though, my wife's the only woman allowed on the back of my bike, so it doesn't come up often.

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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#89 Unread post by billk7457 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:56 pm

I much prefer solo, and my wife won't climb on. I am hoping for her to take the safety course. Maybe she'll see how much fun riding is. Maybe she'll get her own bike. Maybe we'll ride together. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe....

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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#90 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:37 pm

Solo ya see I suffer from addmotorcycletendtoscarethrlivingshytoutapassengerism disease and I hear there is no cure :cry:
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#91 Unread post by Haeberle » Wed May 01, 2013 8:52 pm

I probably ride 75% solo and 25% two up. My wife would like to get a bike of her own, but has to go through the riders course first.

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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#92 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:07 pm

BRUMBEAR wrote:Solo ya see I suffer from addmotorcycletendtoscarethrlivingshytoutapassengerism disease and I hear there is no cure :cry:
I once knew a person who has a plane. He liked to scare people. He did it once on a flight across the water and it scared me...I asked him not to do that. He did it again on the return flight....it was a while before I could stop crying I was scared so bad. That ended the friendship. When the trust is broken you have nothing.

The same for riding. It's awful for the passenger to be so scared but can't do anything about it when the bike is in motion. So based on the fact that you like to scare people, it's a good thing you don't ride 2- up.

I have ridden pillion behind several different riders. There's only two I would consider riding behind again.
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#93 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:10 pm

I ride solo, but have recently been taking a passenger from work to save her an hour off her commute.

I ride a bit more cautious than usual with her on the back.
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#94 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:44 am

I would never intentionally scare someone I just tend to ride my ride and as I never have anyone on the back, when I do it gets a little hairy for the passenger. That is why I don't ride anyone. I never intentionally scare people for a lot of reasons I like to promote riding not give it a bad name and the second reason, injury is usually preceded by HEY WATCH THIS!!! :D
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#95 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:50 pm

Ah...good to know it's not intentional. :)
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Re: Solo or Two-up?

#96 Unread post by Shriker » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:31 am

Most of my riding has been solo , probably 85% across 35 years of riding. BUT I have really enjoyed trips two up on the right bike. MOST bikes are really not much fun when you add a passenger but bikes like my former K1200LT-C (BMW's full touring bike) was very good at it. Extremely comfy for both , intercoms so you could talk easily and readily during the ride if you wanted, heated everything , REVERSE (I am a big guy, but back pedaling an 850lb bike plus 120lb passenger and all her gear is tough!), electric windscreen , multi cd player , electronic cruise......all of this STUFF is great on a tourer going two up for long distance. We had several memorable trips on that bike together and they were alot of fun.

I dont care for all that stuff when riding solo on my other bikes though......just me and the bike .....

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#97 Unread post by faded sun » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:28 am

I'll take anyone who wants to go. Now I have an 1100 so power is no issue and as log as they are willing to do what I say so the ride is smooth I don't mind them being there. And most get a thrill out of it even if I am taking it pretty easy. My wife doesn't drive and doesn't ride so she is happy to ride pillion. As long as there is a back rest, I can do no wrong, no matter how much I push the bike. We have done a lot of riding together and she is an excellent passenger. She is so relaxed that I hardly notice her now. With someone new I definitely ride more predictably and super smooth shifting and braking to save us both the head taps. But I still like it because I am still riding. And that is enough for me.
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#98 Unread post by clutch » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:37 am

My husband prefers it when I ride two-up with him. We did this for years until one day, that he decided to race his friend while riding two-up.

We were on twisty mountain roads (on a Harley Street Glide, not made for twisty mountain roads!), in excess of 100 MPH, with front wheel wobbling, through blind curves in the on-coming traffic lane (and there WAS oncoming traffic!), and nearly crashing us in a few spots ... I didn't speak to him for days. This was years ago. And today, he actually has his feelings hurt that I don't want to ride with him anymore, just because of that one little incident.

I ride solo now. I'll only ride on the back with him if his MC is having a special group ride and I'm not allowed to ride my own bike. But even that's about to stop. MC guys are jerks.

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#99 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:12 pm

clutch wrote:My husband prefers it when I ride two-up with him. We did this for years until one day, that he decided to race his friend while riding two-up.

We were on twisty mountain roads (on a Harley Street Glide, not made for twisty mountain roads!), in excess of 100 MPH, with front wheel wobbling, through blind curves in the on-coming traffic lane (and there WAS oncoming traffic!), and nearly crashing us in a few spots ... I didn't speak to him for days. This was years ago. And today, he actually has his feelings hurt that I don't want to ride with him anymore, just because of that one little incident.

I ride solo now. I'll only ride on the back with him if his MC is having a special group ride and I'm not allowed to ride my own bike. But even that's about to stop. MC guys are jerks.
I understand. Once that trust is broken, it's hard to get it back.

My friend and I once had friends who had a plane. He, the pilot, thought it was funny to scare me by suddenly making the plane nosedive without warning. After the third time he did it....twice in one day...over open water...it was a while before I could stop crying because it had scared me so much....I told him I would never fly with him again. He and his wife were hurt, but the trust was gone.

It's the same on the back of a bike. It's a vulnerable place to be....and the rider needs to respect that.
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