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Aggressive riding tips for 2up

My girlfriend wants to go carve some curves with me and i would like some tips on aggressive 2up riding, is this frowned upon? will it get away from you easily, i haven't ever felt comfortable enough to ride very hard with her on the back, i feel as if i cant shift my hips enough. As always thanks for the feedback guys

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Don't do it!!!!

But if you do just make sure she is wearing the right stuff. Adjust your suspension accordingly. Take some monkey butt powder too and pain killers. Take it easy at first until your comfortable with your situation and then gradually step up the experience for the both of you. It really is a bad choice to do this on an rc though.


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Don't do it!!!!

But if you do just make sure she is wearing the right stuff. Adjust your suspension accordingly. Take some monkey butt powder too and pain killers. Take it easy at first until your comfortable with your situation and then gradually step up the experience for the both of you. It really is a bad choice to do this on an rc though.


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Thanks for the info man, would it be better on a 99 cbr 600? why is it not good on an RC? I also have a 79 gs1000 that i dont think i would attempt it on

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It's just that a passenger shifts so much weight to the rear, plus upsets any suspension settings there may have been.

That's not to say that a bike can't be adjusted for two up riding.
Witness the special Ducati 2-passenger MotoGP bike that Randy Mamola lets others feel the MotoGP riding
experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=g-Km_AxzgR4

And, I have a buddy from England who spanked a kid on a Gixxer1K with his R1 and wife on back. But after that 160 MPH jaunt, she said she'd never do it again.

I always ride less aggressive with a passenger on board simply because I don't want them hurt. They are totally at your mercy.

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I always ride less aggressive with a passenger on board simply because I don't want them hurt. They are totally at your mercy.
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Personally I say leave the aggressive riding time for solo riding for obvious reasons, but as we all enjoy risk taking it can certainly be done...

Good friend of mine was doing 1:42's at Barber with his girlfriend on the back of his GSXR600. I was riding my wife's 1000RR with her on the back and I couldn't touch him... Every single time I got on the gas it would just loft the front sky high, but he was hauling ass double time

That was one of my favorite trackdays ever. The next session out my wife jumped on my 1000RR while I rode hers and dropped 4 seconds off her best ever lap time. It's amazing what suspension will do




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For a start, How often has this girl riden as a passenger on a motorcycle?
As stated above, the suspension is going to change, the way the bike tracks into, and out of the curves. BRAKING is a factor. Her postioning herself is a factor.

My wife had never ridden a motorcycle(35yrs) She asked to ride. I had the suspension on my 2001 S-hawk completely set-up for her(140lbs) being on the bike with me(200lbs)
Now -we have ridden for two years together(est. 20,000 miles) and she is finally understanding... If my elbow is grinding . she needs to be right with me.
We carve -Hwy129, and many, many other curvey roads.
It is not just you hurting her, it is also the passenger causing issues that could kill you both. Your riding habits have to change. Speed and curving come with time.. and trust...
Put her on the back -ride with-in your ability.. Bsafe.. you wreck -she may never ride with you again.. you may never ride again...
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I've never ridden the SP2 with passengers, but in my younger years used to do a lot of riding on my VFR750 - 2 up. Sometimes for days at a time, when touring in Europe with a girlfriend, or doing fast rides through the English countryside.
I think 3 things are important. Firstly that the bike's well suited to carrying passengers.
My previous 954 'blade was rubbish for this. Absolutely nothing to hold onto for support and it would perch the passenger much higher than the rider. You need a proper sturdy handle at the rear at least.
The 2nd factor is confidence. The passenger must know how to position herself and use the tank (& rear handle) to give support from braking, and also when accelerating.
She will have to lean into a corner with you and follow your movements instantly.
She has to enjoy riding on the back (& this goes hand-in-hand with comfort).
You also have to be confident in your abilities and the bike's.

The third thing that's important is clothing of course. SBoth of you need to have the right protective gear.

The RC51 isn't the right bike, but if you take it sensibly and she enjoys it, you'll be fine for a relatively short distance. It's not a bike for a 2-up touring trip though! If your CBR600 is an F rather than an R model it might be better than the RC51.

If she really enjoys it, think about buying a good bike for riding 2 up with...
But keep the RC51 for yourself

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+2 Says Me and the wifey..... Not a good idea on the RC, So true about the passenger at YOUR mercy.

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Tell her to get her own damn bike......



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