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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

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