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PIL­LION

Wide and com­fort­able, the pil­lion seat is gen­er­ous with good pad­ding. The footrests are well placed and only just bend your legs past 90°. The grabrails are well sit­u­ated and large enough to al­low you to ad­just your grip if re­quired. You do get a sense of be­ing perched up high though, which can be a lit­tle dis­con­cert­ing for in­ex­pe­ri­enced pil­lions. The rear shock also re­quires a touch of preload to be added to pre­vent the rear end squat­ting through the ex­tra weight of a pil­lion pas­sen­ger.

LUG­GAGE AND LOAD

RIDE’S test tail­pack fits per­fectly on the F750GS’S pil­lion seat space, the Vel­cro wrap­ping round the seat pad with­out in­ter­fer­ing with the lock­ing mech­a­nism when it’s re­fit­ted. The bungees can then be fit­ted around the pil­lion grabrails and there are plenty of points to fas­ten the front hooks to — the rear footrest hang­ers or the for­ward sec­tions of the sub­frame, for ex­am­ple.

Fit­ted this way, the tail­pack is rock solid on the wide pil­lion seat and feels su­per se­cure.

Of course, BMW also of­fers lug­gage op­tions; there are pan­niers and a top­box avail­able. The Vario pan­niers give 20-29 litres on the right-hand side (re­duced ca­pac­ity be­cause of the si­lencer be­hind it) and the left-hand side with 30-39 litres of space. These cost £855.

“The pil­lion seat is gen­er­ous, with good pad­ding”

Pil­lion seat feels slightly perched up but is com­fort­able and feels se­cure

Tail­pack fits se­curely on the pil­lion pad

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