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post #1 of 22 Old 04-06-2015, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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2up offroad

has anyone done much offroad riding with a passenger? does your passenger stand up at all? is the stock suspension up for that kind of abuse?

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What kind of off road?
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we are planning a trip to South America, so i anticipate some gravel, mud, water crossings. but you never know what's around the bend, i imagine the way might turn rocky on occasion. we won't be looking for singletrack or hero hill climbs .

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In my 30s, I used to take other rider's girlfriends on the back of my SL 350 a lot. They had racing bikes, not set up for two. Mine was modified for dirt only but still a 4-stroke with double seat and pegs. My advice: Take it easy. Fast is really uncomfortable on the back seat in the rough going. If faced with a steep hill that's too long for your pillion to walk comfortably, have her ride on the tank. I had to do it on steep terrain to keep the front wheel down. And we could stand with her in either position in case of a surprise bump or hole. I used cross-bar handlebars so she had something to hang onto and she stood on the engine cases on the steep, bumpy stuff. I would think a 'Strom would be easier to two-up in the dirt. Much better suspension and seat.
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The Vstrom suspension is not really well suited to two up off pavement. Spring rates way to soft. Having said that, my wife and I did a fair bit off pavement last summer with stock suspension. We had a great time. Just slow down your pace and pick your lines carefully.

Better yet - upgrade the suspension. Ground clearance is low on a stock Vstrom let alone one loaded up two up with luggage squatting down even lower. Higher spring rates will help with that - plus consider raising links if your inseam can deal with a taller seat height. I have not (yet) ridden with my new springs and gold valves but am hoping they will help.

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I've pushed mine through some rough driveable trails with my wife on the back. I'll put it in the "doable" category, but it wasn't enjoyable. The suspension and skid plate were bottoming out way to much. For two-up riding offroad a KTM Adventure, or a BMW GS, will be much better.

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2up off road & loaded

Not much fun.
If you've got some enduro or motocross and trail riding experience you can probably make passage ok along dry rough roads. The suspension will restrict you to slow speed and you will need long legs so you don't do a lot of tip-overs. If it's a wet slippery 4X4 trail, forget it.

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It's O.K., no worse than a GS provided you aren't deliberately looking for nasty dirt roads to ride down.

Suspension being right will help a LOT, as will having no shame. i.e. if there's a short nasty section where you aren't sure, get her to walk across.

No bike is good 2-up off road, but the DL's it is doable with an experienced rider.

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Suspension being right will help a LOT, as will having no shame. i.e. if there's a short nasty section where you aren't sure, get her to walk across.
i expect that will happen more than once, no shame here. not looking for excitement in the dirt, just trying to go places.

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Hello Kev, and greetings from Ecuador; which places in South America do you intend to ride through?
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