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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Choices...best Twin for 2-up riding?

Hello,

I am in the market for a Triumph Twin with a 1200 cc engine. For the longest time I have been attracted to the T120 Bonneville, but the Speed Twin and the 1200 Scrambler are very much attracting me as well as of late.

A key criterion is decent comfort for a passenger. Are there significant differences between these three models in terms of passenger comfort?

Any input would be much appreciated.
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Well, the high level exhaust on the Scrambler certainly wasnít designed with passenger comfort in mind. And the Speed Twin is surely more appropriate for solo fun? Got to be the T120, then. Good luck, I hope you really enjoy what you finally decide on.
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I have both a '18 T120 and an '18 Speedmaster. Both have Corbin dual seats. Given the choice, my SO always chooses the T120. At 5'8", she has more legroom on it. For me, it doesn't matter. Both handle very good with a passenger.
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I agree with the others, but I have a few questions - what kind of riding are you planning on doing, and what bikes (if any) have you owned in the past?

I have (and love) a T120 - I ride all over the place. I commute to work, I like to hit the twisties, and I don't mind pounding the superslab. The T120 does all of these great (I cheated and added a windshield). I have zero complaints, and there is plenty of room for a passenger as well. That being said, my wife hasn't been on this bike as we have a little one and don't have much in the way of babysitters on the weekends.

Another option (if it is one that peaks your interest) would be a Speedmaster with a Triumph Comfort seat, or aftermarket seat such as a Corbin ....

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I have a Thruxton S with a duel comfort seat and the wife finds it's very comfortable and with the duel seat when I travel the throw over leather bags and my duffle bag sits perfect on the rear seat and with the rack on the back I can carry a lot of gear, I have a 17ltr bag that sits on the rack and also a 45ltr for it if I need to carry more stuff, but my wife is happy on the back of my Thruxton.

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Agreed, I've done a lot of 2-up on a 2008 T100 with no problems. Just traded for a 2019 T120. Was deciding between the T120 and a Speed Twin. If I didn't do a lot of 2-up I would have probably gone with the Speed Twin, just didn't see it being the best choice for a passenger. No regrets going with the T120!

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My wife and I have had no issues on a Street Twin but we donít do long highway rides.


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I agree with the others, but I have a few questions - what kind of riding are you planning on doing, and what bikes (if any) have you owned in the past?

Thanks everyone for your input! My wife prefers shorter rides, 2-3 hours at a time. We live on the edge of the Rockies so we typically go up one canyon, have lunch somewhere in the mountains and go down another canyon.

I have had lots of different bikes, from a CB100 to a Triumph Rocket III Roadster. From an engine standpoint I am looking for a low-revving, torquey engine.
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