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post #1 of 13 Old 07-20-2015, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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What's up gents (and ladies)!

I have had my new bike now for exactly two months, and already put just about 3500miles on her (5500KM). I use the bike for commuting whenever it is not raining (3-4 days of work per week) and go on long rides down to USA with a group of friends every 2 weekends or so. So, you can say the bike gets its fair share of usage, especially since summers feel too shrot and the winters long and cold here.

Last bike was a 2013 Ninja 650. After owning my 636 for a few weeks and going on a few long rides, I realized the 650 really was no more comfortable than the 636, and that the 636 was completely capable of long rides as long as you stopped shortly every hour or hour and a half (but that is true for any bike that isn't a sofa cruiser)

The issue I first ran into is my gf was not comfortable on the back. I was worried there was no fix. Well, one time she was getting on and I had my Ogio Mach 5 and she suggested that I keep it on. Well, low and behold, it solved the discomfort issue. Basically, there seemed to be too much space between her and I when riding. That seemed to fix the issue and she was able to grab me properly without bending in her back. Since then, we have been on short rides (up to an hour) and it's much more comfortable with little complaint from her.

We were supposed to ride down to Vermont yesterday for the cheese festival but we woke up to pouring rain so I went and got my Subaru instead. In a few weeks we are hoping to ride to Kingston to visit my little bro for the weekend, weather permitting (3 hours of highway but hoping to do some backroads on the way).

Does anyone do any longer rides/road trips 2-up? How did you/your passenger find it? My mentality is that as long as you stop regularly (every hour) even briefly, it makes all the difference. Also we generally do backroads on the bike, since highway gets boring pretty quick.

Yes, I realize the bike was not 'made' for long trips/touring 2-up but I love this bike for my style of riding. Just wondering everyone else's experiences and opinions and funny/not-so-funny stories!
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Glad that worked out for y'all, sounds like an easy solution. I don't even have passenger pegs, and I have no interest in getting them out of the attic, lol!
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I kept the 650 for longer 2up rides. Since you already sold it, that doesn't help much. I did take a kid on the back and had the same issue. Basically, when I take the 636, it's just my time to have fun.
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I kept the 650 for longer 2up rides. Since you already sold it, that doesn't help much. I did take a kid on the back and had the same issue. Basically, when I take the 636, it's just my time to have fun.
yeah, I'd have loved to have kept my 2013 650 for longer rides with the gf but at 26 with a sports car and brand new sports bike, and paying for MBA, my money has reached its end Plus the trade-in I got on the 650 was better than I thought...it paid almost half the new 636 For the amount of time I do long 2-up rides I think the 636 should do just fine. Maybe she'll join me for 2-3 long rides a season. Otherwise, if she really enjoys it, I'll just push her towards taking her courses to get her license and her own bike ;P
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Sounds like you need a PSR 2-up.

I had one on my Ninja 1K and my wife loved it for use in the twistys. I loved it during hard braking
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Sounds like you need a PSR 2-up.

I had one on my Ninja 1K and my wife loved it for use in the twistys. I loved it during hard braking
Looked that up, very cool. Was actually talking to my friend about making something exactly like that, before knowing they existed! Might look into one if the gf decides she wants more seat time. Unless of course she decides she wants her own bike
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Sounds like you need a PSR 2-up.

I had one on my Ninja 1K and my wife loved it for use in the twistys. I loved it during hard braking


That fits around the filler correct. Did you like riding with it? Was it hard to remove when you rode solo. I almost bought one last year but wanted more opinions on it.
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That fits around the filler correct. Did you like riding with it? Was it hard to remove when you rode solo. I almost bought one last year but wanted more opinions on it.
I left it bolted at all times. It doesn't get in the way or anything. It comes with longer bolts that you use instead of the oem ones that are in your gas cap.

It doesn't get in the way when filling up or anything like that either. I chose the PSR because I saw a different design that looked like this:



I immediately imagined my legs being removed in a front impact type of wreck. I like the PSR because of how low-profile it is.
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I like the Moto-Grip harness, just not the price. The passenger can hold on front or back, it's higher on the body and looks easy enough to put on. Hold on the back for cruising and the front for a little more fun. Usually, they just hold on to my waist.

The problem I'd have with the tank handle is that my passenger would be very uncomfortable in that position. My son actually likes the 636 because he can see over my head. Not sure what he would see holding a handle that far down. The space between us just makes it awkward regardless.
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I like the Moto-Grip harness, just not the price. The passenger can hold on front or back, it's higher on the body and looks easy enough to put on. Hold on the back for cruising and the front for a little more fun. Usually, they just hold on to my waist.

The problem I'd have with the tank handle is that my passenger would be very uncomfortable in that position. My son actually likes the 636 because he can see over my head. Not sure what he would see holding a handle that far down. The space between us just makes it awkward regardless.
the moto-grip harness looks pretty ridiculous IMO, would never rock one of those, even if it was cheap. The 2-up seems like a much better option despite the price.
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I wear a black jacket so it wouldn't even be noticeable. To me, it just looks like backpack straps without the backpack. Since you were sporting an Ogio, figured it would be very similar. In a white t-shirt? Not so good. I am ATGATT though.



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true. I was thinking the other one that went around the waist and makes you look like an inner tube
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