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Many Honda dealers have left over VFRs that you can get for less than the current 600cc sportbike prices. Maybe not the perfect two up bike, but my wife likes the pillon amenities. Many 600cc bikes put out more horsepower, so it won't scare the crap out of you. The bike is straggeringly easy to ride, and has probably earned more "best streetbike awards" than any other bike out there. I rode one for four years and I'm still sorry I sold it. Many people of good taste ride the VFR. I think Freddie Spencer has one. Read the articles on the VFR on this site.



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what is the reference to "Francis" in the movie Stripes?? anyway, my wife loves our ;) Sprint ST. The only other bike she thought was comfortable for us was a 1200 Bandit. Oh yeah, she kinda had a fling with a V Maxx as well, I think it was the V4, not the bike.
 

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In India, where i live, all big bikes (apart from the locally made Enfield Bullets) are private imports with no official service and parts support. VFR 750's and 800's are extremely reliable and DURABLE BEYOND EVEN BMW owners' beliefs !!! Also VFR owners are usually more matured (35 +) and married and so pillion usage is frequent - soemthing at which VFR's score - their luggage systems are also very good, making them unbeatable for touring.

The V4 sound is also very distinctive..somewhat burbly like a V8 car engine.



 

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"Is there a nice, reliable, fun and reasonably priced sportbike that is comfortable for two people to ride?"



No. Sportbikes aren't even comfortable for the rider, much less the passenger.
 

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Comfort is in the eye (in this case buns) of the beholder. I think you could find a large % of passengers who would say that no sportbike is comfortable for the passenger, especially for longer distance or periods of time. You certainly don't want your passenger to ride on a Goldwing and then get on the back of your sportbike for comparison.
 

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Have to agree with above. My wife found my VFR much more comfortable than my SV, but still wasn't really happy. She is a trooper and didn't complain much, but I wouldn't ask her for more than 200 miles because I like her happy. I have found that more upright tends to work better. You will find her leaning on you more as she gets tired, putting considerable pressure on your wrists. Compared to a cruiser, Adventur tourers are pretty darn sporty (plenty sporty for street riding) and work great for two up. Get a cheap used SV for track days and occaisional one up sporty rides. Buy used and you can get both for less than a new sportbike. Two bikes are better than one!
 

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Coming from two 1500cc cruiser bikes, any standard is gonna feel like a sport bike to you. I think a Suzy Bandit 1200 would be a good first stop. It's a tourquey thing and fairly easy to ride smoothly. That torque will help out with a passenger on board.



I find 600 sport bikes a tad high strung to pull a passenger smoothly. And they are cramped at best. They'll go, to be sure, but there will be more helmet bumping than you'd like.



I'd also look at a clean used ZRX1100. Plenty of go, good handling, good brakes, good room. Looks better than a sport bike to, IMHO.



So, no, you aren't gonna find a comfortable-for-two sport bike. That is a good thing, as you are very likely to scare the living schit out of you passenger until you get used to riding a true sport bike.

 

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I'd agree with the dual/sport approach, as long as the bike leans toward the street side of things. They can be extremely comfort/able and satisfying, but make sure you're tall enough for the bike you buy. Good choices, Trans/alps, V-Stom (there's a 650 you could take your wife on) older Beemer GS's. The / thing started in a post yesterday, now its fashion
 

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OK so i guess some gremlin at MO inserts "backslashes" whenever there is a quotation mark. Either that or there is a problem with the HTML. Kinda "annoying" huh.

Anyone know how to "fix this"?
 

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I was wondering about this myself... I have a backslash fetish, and reading the previous string last night, I could barely contain myself.



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Over the last 10 years I've had both a crusier when I ride with the wife and a 600cc sportbike just for me, so you could try that. My next new bike will probably be the new concours or FJR. Unfortunately, the STs that are good for 2-up tend to be the flagship models & are expensive. Of course a used ST1300, FJR, or R1150RT would be great if you want to save money. Happy hunting.
 
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