WHAT ARE THEY LIKE TWO -UP?
View from the front Shaun Collin
The BMW is the best. It’s really confortable and I feel more secure with Sue on the back, especially around town. It’s the most nimble and I can plant my feet on the floor at a standstill. The power comes in progressively, the riding position is natural and controls are easy and intuitive. The BMW isn’t as long as the TMAX or Honda and it’s the one we could easily do the most miles on together.
I struggled with the size of the TMAX at first, but by the third day it became very comfortable and easy to thread through Paris traffic, but I’m sat further away from the bars and controls. When I put my feet down I have to move forward and sit on the fuel filler cap, but once on the move it’s fine. Being able to adjust the screen on the move is really handy, but I’d trade that for the nimbleness of the BMW.
I really like riding the Honda and solo it would be the most fun out of all three, but with Sue on the back I’m on tip-toes at a stop and it’s hard work around town. On open roads, motorways and fast A-roads it’s no problem, but is jerky when pulling away.
View from the back Sue White
The BMW is the best for me, too. I really liked the comfort and position of the grab rail. I struggled to know where to put my arms on the Honda and the seat is harder.
The TMAX handrails are in the wrong position for me, so it doesn’t feel as natural. The pillion seat is nice, but I have to sit further forward where the bodywork tapers, as it’s too wide at the back. Wind protection is best on the Yamaha because you can get the screen in the best position. On the others you’re stuck with the same screen position unless you stop to manually adjust it.
The BMW was the top scorer when it came to taking a pillion