I've read a few threads that have been asking about various aspects of riding with a passenger. I decided to do a write-up here that goes over how to ride with a passenger and what to look for in a good passenger bike. Finally, I'll look at how the CTX1300 measures up as a passenger bike.
When you are riding with a passenger you have to be aware that you'll have a lot of extra weight on your bike. Given that, you want to make sure that you have a bike that gives you extra control. Some things that can help you get more control are choosing a bike with wide bars, a commanding riding position, comfortable ergonomics, a reasonable seat height and smooth controls.
As far as things that can be done to make your passenger more comfortable, you can try to get your passenger a spacious seat. That seat should be a reasonable distance from the passenger pegs. The passenger seat should be just a few inches taller that the driver's. This is to make sure the passenger feels neither perilously high, nor so low that they can't really see what's going on.
There are also things that you can do as you are riding in order to accommodate your passenger better. The overarching theme here is to ride smoothly. This means you should shift smoothly, and you can even try to drag your back brake at low speeds to help stability too. If your passenger's helmet taps yours when you are braking, you probably aren't riding smooth enough. You can also adjust the suspension (front and rear) to handle the extra weight.
So, how does the CTX1300 measure up considering all these things that make a good passenger bike?
The CTX1300 has a riding position that is right in the middle between sportbike and cruiser. It seems to be both commanding and comfortable, so I think it gets a thumbs up for riding position. It seems like the handle bars aren't the best around. They sweep back pretty severely from the triple tree, and it might be better if it was a slightly flatter handle bar.
The CTX1300 has a pretty smooth ride. Dual-counter-balancers keep the engine smooth. One review I read says this:
The CTX1300 also has adjustable rear suspension which is great for accommodating the extra weight that carrying a passenger comes with.[The engine runs] so smooth that I didn’t realize that I’d hit the 7,000 rpm redline until the rev-limiter flattened out my acceleration.
That's all that I could find, Do you think that the CTX1300 is a good bike for those of us who like to ride 2 up? Is there anything that you would change about the bike to make it more amenable to passengers?