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