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Hi!

Just wanting some advice on what bikes would be reasonably comfortable for a pillion passenger that can be bought second hand for around $2000. I don't expect the level of comfort that bigger bikes give, but just want to know which bikes a pillion passenger could ride on comfortably for 2-3 hours without hating the experience...

I'm definitely considering older japanese bikes and was wondering if there are many differences between the big brands in terms of peg height/seat size and comfort.

Any advice would be great!


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Well, in my/our case .....
I own a 1991 Honda TransAlp, Japanese model.
It took the two of us to quite some locations over here in Japan.
Is it the best bike? Probably not.
Is it adequate - YES!
Put a nice sheep skin on the seat, makes it much more comfortable - especailly for wife.

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Well, in my/our case .....
I own a 1991 Honda TransAlp, Japanese model.
Yeh that would be perfect, but I haven't seen any around in our price range... perhaps we need to expand the budget a little, just not sure if it's gonna be possible seeing as we're just out of uni and have only been saving for the last few months.
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Hi!

Just wanting some advice on what bikes would be reasonably comfortable for a pillion passenger that can be bought second hand for around $2000. I don't expect the level of comfort that bigger bikes give, but just want to know which bikes a pillion passenger could ride on comfortably for 2-3 hours without hating the experience...

I'm definitely considering older japanese bikes and was wondering if there are many differences between the big brands in terms of peg height/seat size and comfort.

Any advice would be great!


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CBR1100xx Blackbird, Yamaha Fazer 1000 and Yamaha XJ900 Diversion have all worked well for me; but ask your pillion because he/she knows best when it comes to this question.
None of these bikes are oriented to offroad of course; that is not going to work when you have your pillion to consider - on the other hand, if you want to end the relationship

If the XJ900 was sold in Oz then it should be within your budget - getting on a bit now, but a really bullet proof engine.
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