These bikes are perfect for two-man riding
When talking about the best motorcycles on the market, many people consider horsepower and speed to be the main determinants. While these are important, different types of motorcycles require additional features to be considered the best. Horsepower, chassis build quality, suspension, top speed, and zero to sixty times are all great features of a bike, but what about comfort, luxury, and those features that make long-distance journeys enjoyable?
While many people want to enjoy a motorcycle ride alone, sometimes it is good to have that feeling with a partner, friend, or anyone close enough to share it. Not all motorcycles are designed for two-person riding, and even those that are, only a few consider the importance of comfort. As such, here are the best passenger friendly motorcycles available.
Honda Gold Wing
The Gold Wing is one of the coolest Honda motorcycles ever made, and for ages this cruiser has set the bar for passenger accommodation. The bike comes with a powerful and smooth motor and a large load capacity for rider and passenger.
Over the years Honda continues to upgrade the Gold Wing to make it better and better, and when it updated it in 2018 some fascinating features were added. The flagship tourer now featured double wishbone suspension, improved aerodynamics, and cool connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Honda Gold Wing is a rolling fortress, a safe choice to take a loved one on tour.
BMW R1250 RT
For those interested in sport and adventure motorcycles, the BMW R1250 RT is the best option. And it is quite unique. Unlike the quiet beasts of torque that most luxury cruisers have, the R1250 RT comes with a 1254cc boxer twin engine that has, over the years, been refined into the slick beast of a machine it is today.
The bike’s rear suspension is adjustable on the fly to give the passenger a comfortable ride instead of being rocked to pieces. The suspension also makes the passenger seat a bit soft compared to the driver’s seat which is tightly attached to the gas tank. The BMW R1250 RT makes mountain road tours a lot of fun for drivers and passengers.
Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
For the American V-twin diehards, the Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited is the best choice. This bike has everything you need for an adventure for two. It has a high windshield and lower fairings to give the rider and passenger a luxurious cocoon to ride on. The boom ! The infotainment system is designed to keep occupants entertained, regardless of the length of the journey.
To ensure passenger comfort, the Ultra Limited comes with a top passenger with a backrest and the large six-gallon fuel tank is there to ensure the trip is not cut short due to a fuel shortage.
Suzuki V-Strom 650
Going off the beaten track for an adventure is a great idea, but hiking trails in search of the best campsite away from civilization sounds great. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is the best bike to cross from trail to trail – what makes this bike even more exciting is that it can comfortably accommodate two people.
Suzuki didn’t build this bike as a dedicated off-roader, despite being a workhorse. However, it does the job more comfortably than purpose built models. Its seats are designed with luxury in mind – they are designed to absorb bumps and shocks for both rider and passenger.
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
The classic retro style theme has been back in the market for a long time. With the Vulcan 900 Classic, Kawasaki has decided to jump both feet into the depths of this segment. The bike comes with several classic features including rider and passenger riding positions.
The riding position of the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic requires that the rider and the passenger know each other well; for a more comfortable ride, the passenger should hug the rider from behind with his hands tightly around him. The Vulcan 900 Classic features a low seat and cruiser-style forward controls to leave enough room in the rear for a comfortable passenger seat.
Yamaha Tracer 700 GT
Even before GT models were mentioned, the standard Tracer 700 is already a touring bike. It comes with an excellent engine that develops 72 horsepower and 49 lb-ft of torque. GT models complement the standard version, making it perfect for two-person driving. The Tracer 700 GT is highlighted by two 20-liter saddlebags and a tall, wide windshield.
The comfortable seat of the new Tracer 700 GT makes it a touring-ready motorcycle and a passenger-friendly motorcycle. It is powered by Yamaha’s famous CP2 parallel twin engine, which makes it even more accessible and fun to drive, two qualities that make two-person riding a pleasant experience.
Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
When Triumph developed the new Tiger 900 platform, they divided it into on-road and off-road driving segments. The 900 GT prioritizes the touring capabilities of the platform, and the Pro finish makes it even better. Triumph offers premium upgrades to make it more welcoming to passengers. These advancements include an electronically adjustable rear shock, heated seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Triumph’s line of mid-size touring bikes can be divided into off-road and on-road capabilities, but it’s a dichotomy that makes the Tiger 900 GT Pro a better-suited motorcycle for passengers.
The F750 GS is positioned just between the Honda Gold Wing and the BMW R1250 RT, that is to say between the luxury and sport-tourer segments. This BMW comes with a sporty soft and comfortable seating position for the rider and a passenger seat with classic BMW comfort. The passenger also has quick access to the footrests for a more comfortable ride. The rear seat also has a nice cushion and easily accessible handles if the passenger wants to stretch and relax on a long trip.
As expected of any BMW, the F750 GS comes with a massive list of electronic aids and passenger comfort items. In addition, the F750 GS is equipped with several safety features, including a dynamic stability control system in all weather, except snow. And these are just a few of the components of the bike.
Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is the old school die-hard bike. Bikers who never tire of the nostalgia of riding the good old classic motorcycles. The Interceptor 650 is equipped with a long, comfortable bench seat for pilots and passengers. The bike also has a rear fender buckle and low passenger footrests.
Powered by an air / oil-cooled 648cc parallel twin with 47 horsepower and 38.6 lb-ft of torque, the Interceptor 650 is the perfect bike for a first two-person riding experience.
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