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post #1 of 27 Old 06-04-2018, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, just joined..

I'm taking a hard look at the '18 Vstrom 1000XT. I currently have a Harley Road King which has been wonderful but I'm thinking about a different type of bike now. My wife has plenty of room on the RK but I'm wondering how comfortable she'd be on the Vstrom? I'm sure there'll be less heat but how is the seat comfort and the leg room? She is used to a back rest as well but I imagine there's an aftermarket version some where. We usually ride for a couple of hours then a quick pit stop and we're off again. She's 5'5 /120. I'm sure it'll handle well given it's likely 250lbs lighter.

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It has more hp than the RK, and will most certainly work well for 2 up. The stock seat isn't so great for most, and with a seat like the Corbin, you can get a nice removable/adjustable back rest. You are both moving to a standard seating position, a bit like a big dirt bike. I have ridden so many different kinds of bikes, and for ME the big ADV bikes like this are the most comfy for even long distance. Seating for the passenger can get a bit more cramped or harder to mount/dismount the bike with panniers mounted, and this bike is TALL compared to what you are used to.

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Nothing can beat the comfort of a cruiser for a passenger, but 18 Vee is really good, as far as leg room goes. She'll definitely feel like she's WAY up there, after King. Stock seat is not bad at all, but again after King you might find yourself wanting to upgrade. Don't have to get expensive seats, btw.. can send them to get re-foamed. I had mine done for $150 and it drastically improved the comfort (7 hour 2up days are just fine).
I would start by going to a dealer and just sitting together on the bike. Should give you both a pretty good idea, room-wise.
Also.. you don't necessarily have to get a back rest if you're going to get a top box. Top boxes make for great back rests (most have optional soft pads)
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True about the top cases having a back pad option, but they most certainly aren't soft "so says my wife".
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I have a ‘16 650 but it’s similar enough to your 1000 to provide some input. My wife was amazed at how comfortable the pillion is. She’s happy enough on the Strom that I might be putting my Goldwing up for sale. Of course it’s not the same as sitting on the “couch like” Wing but she enjoys it. The longer suspension smooths the ride out nicely. I use a top case without the pad as her backrest. Side cases definitely make mounting the bike more difficult for her. We’re both over half a century old so she’s not quite as limber as she used to be.
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True about the top cases having a back pad option, but they most certainly aren't soft "so says my wife".
lol. My wife's jacket has built-in protection. So the pad is redundant. She just leans against the top case.
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Thanks all for the great feedback. As ERCI says I need to get to a dealership and both of us sit on one to get a sense of the space etc.
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For me, this is more of an escape the wife machine.
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I ride two up often with my '18 XT and my wife uses the top case as a back rest. I bought the Shad SH48 and backrest kit. She reports that the backrest is pretty good. I haven't seen any other top case with a similar back rest.

Here are a couple of pics with the Shad SH48 and the Shad SH23 side cases.
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I would start out with a good Russell Day Long Seat.

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