Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central California
First ride two-up on the Wee...some thoughts
I bought my Wee as a 90% solo sport-tourer a month ago and have put 1500 miles on it. I did spend 6 hrs in the saddle today riding 2-up with my son for the first time. I weigh 230 fully geared, he weighs 125 fully geared, and I do have a fork brace. Rear preload set to max, front forks set to line 2 from the top. My initial impressions, for those interested in a spectrum of opinions on the matter. Just to clarify, this is not a Wee/Vee debate.
First of all anyone can tour 2-up on the wee and do just fine based on my impression today. So with the premise that the performance 2-up is perfectly acceptable, let me raise the bar and ask, is it good? In a nutshell, not really. The main issue is the suspension. It's not up to the task without mods in my opinion. This is true for the Vee also presumably since they share the same rear suspension. Not only can I bottom out the suspension if I try, it feels unsettled and overtaxed when pressed. Unlike riding solo, it does not inspire confidence. As others have noticed, the front end lightens up which degrades steering response and increases understeer.
The power is not a big issue. I like this powerplant and I passed cars comfortably going uphill with no drama. Sure I'm using 100% of the mill instead of using 60% of the BMW mill I just sold, but it gets the job done. I'm not ricky racer with a passenger on the back anyways. Whether Vee power with the trade-offs involved there is better for 2-up is another discussion.
Bottom line, 2-up on the wee no problem, but really needs mods if you want to take it from acceptable to good for this application. I would guess for a grand you could transform the ride, and I see many here that have and i may myself at some point. For me, solo riding at this price point, it cannot be beat and never fails to make me smile. For infrequent 2-up rides, it's perfectly adequate, and you could go cross-country two up and get by just fine if you were willing to put up with the limitations.
'09 Wee (sold)
2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2006 BMW K1200LT
Last edited by eye.surgeon; 06-01-2010 at 09:22 PM.