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Hi! Just bought my first bike/first TW as my commuter & main mode of transportation here in Chicago.
I ride pretty frequently with a passenger, and I'm curious what accommodations exist to make 2-up riding a little more enjoyable.
I'm also in the market for a rear rack and I'm wondering what racks besides Cycleracks (if any) can double as passenger grab bars.
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I've neglected to do it yet myself, but a stiffer rear spring would probably help a lot.
2 up is the main reason I picked the tw200. It was the only bike my wife could get on by herself. I have ridden it with her on dirt roads in the NC mountains. It is perfect for that. We also ride paved roads on occasion. I have a cyclerack. Dont get the one with the hump! It makes putting stuff on the back a real pain. You have to find bags/boxes that can fit a limited space. Still have the death wing on the front. Shinko 241 is ready and waiting for installation. Love the tdub for 2 up ridinga
2017 Apollo 250
2018 Yamaha TW200
1978 Suzuki DR370
the wife and i have rode many miles on the tw and the cyclerack worked great. with the bars for handles and a low topbox, she was pretty comfy. i will be picking up a new dr200 tommorrow and the cyclerack will be the first mod
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I have 1 on my TW. Seems pretty stout.
I am actually looking for rear footpegs so I can get my wife on it.
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My girl and I do some exploring together on my TW. Mostly on paved roads, but often along the seasonal roads, and some fire roads and snowmobile trails. She's ok on the back except when I hop a log and don't tell her its coming, it kinda launches her .
I don't have a rack, and usually she'll just grab my jacket, or my belt and hold on that way. Going down longer grades usually finds her sliding forward, and then I'm practically sitting on the tank, but we just adjust a lot more going down bumpy trails.
My bike will do 65 with her on, and it doesn't seem to take much longer than when I'm alone on it, but we do end up banging helmets way more often than on the VStar.
We have not made any accommodations for passenger riding because we really haven't seen a need for any yet. I'd say you two go for a few rides and decide what could be better afterwards.
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...make 2-up riding a little more enjoyable.?
Intercoms make riding double MUCH more enjoyable.
The nicer units (Sena) allow you to talk over music in the background and the audio is amazing with the wind/ noise cancelling mics. You can also connect to Nav./gps, radar and phone. Callers are surprised when i tell them I’m riding, they don’t hear the wind or engine.
When teaching riding the intercoms really speed up the learning process, much less stressful with clear communication.
And comms. will really be handy when you tire of riding double and get that 2nd tdub.