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post #1 of 27 Old 03-04-2015, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Vstrom 650. Good for 2 up trips?

Im looking to buy something that myself and my gf can hop on and do some long trips. Can the 650 handle this?

the 2 of us together weigh about 350lbs. Adding luggage and camping gear etc..could be considerable weight.

If it can handle this, would some suspension stiffening need to be done to accommodate the weight?
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-04-2015, 11:51 PM
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I've ridden with my girlfriend several times and together, we weigh about 380 lbs, carrying 3 full cases 52 liter cases, and the bike can easily reach 70-80 mph without much effort.

Handling has never felt compromised, even in dirt roads.

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I guess it all depends on how much confident you are riding your motorcycle! Compared to Patico, my wife and I weigh about 310 lbs and when she is with me I feel that the bike doesn't handle as nicely as when riding solo. But most likely it has to do with my little experience with motorcycles (been riding for about 7 years). Also, I am only 5'8" and this might be the reason why.
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Yeah, it'll do it but may lose some of the essence that makes it endearing.

Stiffer spring on rear will probably be essential to maintain correct sag and handling.

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Im looking to buy something that myself and my gf can hop on and do some long trips. Can the 650 handle this?

the 2 of us together weigh about 350lbs. Adding luggage and camping gear etc..could be considerable weight.

If it can handle this, would some suspension stiffening need to be done to accommodate the weight?

Do you both have previous experience riding two up?

What kind of trips are you thinking of?

How much dirt?

Does your gf know how to ride (drive) a bike?


IMO two bikes are better than one for two riders and long trips.
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It is fine once you get used to it. I just give the shock adjuster a couple of turns to stop the rear end wallowing and it is fine.

It's no Electra glide ultra so the seat might get a bit of getting used to. I have the oem adventure top box and side bags so my pillion feels pretty secure.

The power seems fine to me although, again, it's no harley tractor.

It's built as a jack of all trades and master of none. For the amount of time I spend on long distance trips (although I'd love to do more) it is just not worth the extra cost of a purpose built touring bike.
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Went up and down the mountains in the South of France last year two up no problems. doing the same again this summer. We come out at about 360lbs + luggage.
You just need to plan the overtakes very carefully ...... or not do any and just go with the flow.
Wife finds it very comfy for 6+ hour days.
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post #9 of 27 Old 03-05-2015, 04:33 AM
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There was a time when a 650 twin making the power that the DL makes was considered a big bike.

I would not hesitate for a second heading out on a trip two up on my DL fully loaded.

I would run a touch more air pressure in the tires I would check the tires and adjust the preload to keep the sag where it should be. And I would most likely add a backrest pad to my Givi top box.

As for performance the engine would easily handle it,for the speeds I ride. I would expect it to be a little asthmatic on the steep 10K foot high plus hills we have out west.

Besides there's that old saying....
It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast then a fast bike slow.
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GF and I went on a 4k mile trip a couple of years ago with full camping gear and all with no problems. The bike could have used a stiffer spring, but other than that, we had no issues with the bike's power. We just followed the traffic flow. More power is always good though!

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