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My wife and I took a 2000 mile ride with friends last fall. We were on a friends (nice friend) BMW 1200GS complete with pannier, back case and dry bags. It was a 12 day tour and I liked the way the GS rode..a few complaints were the height, my wife said by the 3rd time getting on, it was like getting on a horse. Also,i kept sliding forward and crushing the jewels..We have a 2700 mile 5 state ride planned for this fall..We have been looking at new V-Strom 1000..I like the riding position and the height is much better for us..I'm about 200# and the wife 5'8" and about 150 win all the gear..h's anyone done ny long distance/multi-day trips on 1000? What's the consensus? I really don't want to spend the money or pay the high fees to the local BMWdealer for a GS. The majority of the rides will be 2 lane asphalt with some interstate..That said, being from Idaho, we will take occasional forays on dirt forest service roads. The Marauder Corridor being on next year..Sorry for the rambling, any feedback will be greatly appreciated
 

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Lots of feedback already available towards what you are asking......and YES the Vee2 would be a good overall choice for your intended purposes.
 

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You will be fine I road with my wife several times last year without issue and such about 80lbs more then you two do
 

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No problem. There are aftermarket seats and custom seats that can fit anyone. A day's ride from Idaho is Rich's Custom Seats Rich also offers free camping or a low cost apartment for a night for seat buyers.

Buy luggage that fits your needs. There are many vendors. A back rest for the passenger can fit many of the top cases.

Learn how to set the sag on the bike. This is how much the bike sags on its suspension when loaded with cargo and people. The preload adjuster sets this. The front only needs to be adjusted for the rider. The rear is easily adjusted for the added weight of passenger and luggage. The correct sag for these bikes is for the bike to settle about 40 mm front & rear from the wheel in the air to the load on the bike.
 

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I'll second Rich's custom seats. We just got ours last week. My wife complained the stock seat was hurting her tailbone.
 

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My wife Dixie and I have recently completed a 3000mile 10 day trip of which Dixie was pillion for 6 days straight, factory panniers,topbox and tankbag! Never a complaint From her about the pillion seat or getting on/off or leg cramping,sore knees etc :) - VERY HAPPY!
3 days were spent riding dirt roads and service roads,with the occasional "track" thrown in. You can follow our ride and see some of the countryside we traversed here:
Paul and Dixies Eskdale-ent adventure in the Australia Newzealand Regional forum, or direct link here:
http://austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5802
 

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Most pillions over about 5'5" complain that the pillion pegs are too high and would like some lowering links for the pegs. richlandrick?
 

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Most pillions over about 5'5" complain that the pillion pegs are too high and would like some lowering links for the pegs. richlandrick?
True! but not so bad on the V2! (there is a rhyme there)

one of the persuasions to let go of our beloved SV1000 was that the pillion pegs were not readily lowerable (new word?) as the mighty carbon fibre yoshimura cannons were suspended below them.
 
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