Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Which Bike?

Which Bike? Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.


LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 18 Sep 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 2
Smile Best bike for the little people

So I am trying to decide how my wife and I should do some adventure touring. Should we get 2 bikes or get a bigger bike and ride two up? First some history; I have been riding on and off (mostly off until a few years ago) all my life. I got a DR650 about 3 years ago and have put around 20,000 miles on it. Mostly paved and gravel roads because the opportunity for anything off road in Indiana is limited. I have taken some long distance trips to the NC beaches and Outer Banks. My new wife thoroughly enjoys the motorcycle but has zero experience riding herself but is very enthusiastic about learning and riding two up on the DR is not fun for any longer trips.

Neither one of us are large people. I am 5’6” and about 145lbs and she is 5’2” and about 115lbs. My first thought, since she wants to learn to ride, was to get a couple of low mileage F650s and take our time so she could learn. Then in the next year start venturing out a little at a time. The positives of this are that we can have a couple of smaller bikes, carry more gear and it will be easier to travel to some out of the way places.

Then I have read that traveling together is better and more fun to go two up on a bigger bike but I am unsure that I am completely comfortable taking a bigger GS bike with both of us and gear around on a long trip. I am also afraid that a really big bike would limit some of the places we could explore. I know even taking the DR in the sand at the beach it would have been extremely hard with my wife on the back. So I have been looking at the new F650 twins. They have more power, should have less vibration but are significantly lighter and easier to manage than a big GS. But how well would they do and how comfortable would they be for two up touring? I’d love to have a F800GS and I suppose if I could lower it just a bit that might be the perfect compromise but I still don’t think it would be comfortable for 2 up touring.

Any thoughts from those of you that have been there and done that? I guess I could always find one F650 and enroll her in a MSF class and let her give it a try for a few months. If it doesn’t work out or if she doesn’t feel comfortable then we could sell that and look at other options. I do like the idea of us having 2 bikes but I want to be sure she is comfortable with it and it makes sense.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what do people think about this ? ukiceman Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 16 16 Feb 2008 10:50
How Many People For Shipping Bike Back To Europe From B.a Or Rio? S-Mendus Trip Transport 0 22 Nov 2007 23:28
Bike for shorter than 5'3" little people Bossies Which Bike? 28 18 Aug 2007 07:39
Who are you people?! Guesswho Welcome to HU 43 15 Jun 2007 16:55
Bike frieght, do people get insurance? Iain Trip Transport 3 21 Sep 2006 12:46


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 19:47.