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post #1 of 8 Old 11-12-2019, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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So, the wife is tired of riding two up on the zx6r and has given me the go ahead on getting a "comfier" ride, on the condition that I can keep the zx6r if I don't get another sport bike. I've been looking around, and believe I've narrowed it down to the MT-09/MT-10. She wasn't interested in the z900 or s1000r, as the rear is pretty much a sport bike pillion. What are your guys opinions? If you had to get a comfier ride for two-upping, what would you go with?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-12-2019, 02:49 PM
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I've been eyeing the Tracer 900 GT for a while.... Cc, heated grips, big tank, decent ergos, power outlets.....abs, tcs, etc.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-12-2019, 05:26 PM
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Agree on the Tracer GT, they extended the swingers 2" I think. I have a BMW F800GT which would be nice but not sure how nice the pillion seat is. My wife refuses to ride with me every since I crashed the scooter with her on the back. Yes the scooter she suggested we rent. The BMW is nice with a side benefit of not being a popular bike there are some good deals to be had on them. Doesn't have the power of the ZX6R or the Tracer but a good used one could be had for a reasonable price. A couple more bikes Ive thought about are the BMW S1000XR and the Ninja 1000SX. The Ninja 1000SX is redesigned for 2020, older one would be less expensive. IMO the MO09 is too short of a wheelbase to be a good 2 up bike, you could do it but better to get something a bit more comfy. Something I like about my BMW is it's easy to balance but turns in very similar to the ZX6R (2014) and CBR600RR (2012) that I had. Biggest problem with the BMW is the engine. Sounds? well think blender with a bunch of nuts and bolts dumped in it! Another nice thing about the BMW is I never worry about it being stolen :-) Yea if I wake up and its gone I'll be sad but just get another bike. A great bike for long distance riding. Maintenance not too bad but there are some German quirks. A perfect bike to me would be the Tracer engine in the BMW F800GT. If you are not familiar with BMW they like options, my bike has the electronics package I think but not the electronically adjustable suspension or traction control. I can handle traction control with my right wrist and the suspension is OK. A good SPORT touring bike is one you can get on and ride a couple of thousand miles on mostly straight roads including interstate. Then catch a twisty road and be able to play even though the bike is fully loaded. Last summer I rode from Alabama to Southern Idaho via the Tetons. Running loaded side cases and a big duffle bag on top of the passenger seat plus a tank bag I could still go pretty quickly thru the corners. Sidecases and luggage weight was about 100 pounds. I'm only going to go so hard on roads I'm not familiar with and the BMW could easily do that. Had an encounter with a trio of new Goldwings on highway 93 in Idaho - a great road with good pavement and curves. They were very good riders (well the lead 2). New "Wings" handle very well but I pulled away from them easily thru the tight stuff, medium corner they were about the same but they wanted to go faster than I did on open curves and straights. A Tracer GT would be similar with a bit more power. I think of the Ninja as a good alternative with more power but maybe a bit more sport bike in it. The BMW S1000XR would be a beast with 160HP. On the long trips Ive done I could keep up with traffic and top speed or causing speed has not been an issue. Have to be careful about touring type bikes and heat issues. My BMW does pump out a good bit of heat on my inner thighs when it above 90 or 95. Other big touring bikes like the Connie 14 have worse heat issues.

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-12-2019, 08:43 PM
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The mt09 and mt10 are sport bikes with upright handlebars. In other words, they are not comfy. If you want comfy, get a touring bike or a cruiser.
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Triumph Tiger 800 seems like a decent 2 up bike....

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