KTM 1090 Adventure Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I plan to buy an ADV bike next Spring and the 1090 is on my radar.
I have a few KTM dirt bikes and am a fan
I have some dual sport bikes but plan to start doing some adv riding

My question--how is it with a passenger

I would use it 20 % of time with a passenger just on blacktop riding but like to know its a capable and fairly comfortable bike with and for a passenger onboard

How is it solo on road

I plan to ride it 50% road too solo

Mark
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
91 Posts
That's quite interesting as I don't typically see people riding 2 up on this adventure bikes. I'm sure it wouldn't be that bad though, doesn't look like much room however.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
That's quite interesting as I don't typically see people riding 2 up on this adventure bikes. I'm sure it wouldn't be that bad though, doesn't look like much room however.
I see BMW GS with passenger all the time

I dont mean have a passenger on when in dirt or gravel

but how about on some street runs

it has passenger pegs--anyone ever use them haha

side note-I have real dirt bikes for the dual sport and woods)_I would never take this 1090 in anything ugly
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
193 Posts
I see BMW GS with passenger all the time

I dont mean have a passenger on when in dirt or gravel

but how about on some street runs

it has passenger pegs--anyone ever use them haha

side note-I have real dirt bikes for the dual sport and woods)_I would never take this 1090 in anything ugly
Same here, driving away from the city and into more of the country side I see more 2 up riding happening their than anywhere else, its just in the city that due to the lifestyle people tend to be 1 up. Wish I could ride 2 up with my S.O. but its a challenge :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
91 Posts
Maybe that's why, I'm always in the city and rarely ever venturing out that far haha. In the suburbs I'll see people on their choppers riding 2 up but that's about it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Haven't done big distances yet but we have the KTM top box with padded back rest my wife likes as she feel secure with it behind her. She complained of a sore backside during a 300km ride but I do have an Airhawk we will try for her, & because I can move around less than when I'm by myself I may get one too. Ergonomics, fairing etc are all good. No it'll never be a 1200GS, but because I'm solo 90% of the time, I didn't want a BMW.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
158 Posts
I’ve ridden two up with my girlfriend for a couple hours, she said it’s comfy back there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
103 Posts
If all else fails, there's always those gel pads you can add into your seat. Just need to be very careful when cutting into the original foam.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
This thread is why I registered for the site. I currently own a BMW 1200 GS that has served me for the last 10 years. My wife and I do a lot of touring 2 up. The BMW is roomy enough for her and all our camping gear. It also handles well when loaded. I am currently looking to replace the old girl (the GS not the wife) and have been thinking about a 1090. I do ride the GS on Jeep trails all over Colorado, Utah and New Mexico and she has accompanied me on many of the off pavement trips. We make a 7 hour ride to Denver a couple times a summer and have done that without stops. My only concern about the 1090 is comfort for her and I while loaded. Thanks in advance for any advise.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
One reason I bought a 1090 is because I didn't have a bike that my wife and I can go on together, although she rides and has two bikes (BMW G310R and KTM 250F Freeride) on longer trips she'd rather go pillion than ride her own bike. The 690 was totally useless, I have no idea why they even fit pillion footpegs.

So far she has only sat on the bike stationary but felt the seat was plenty big enough and seemed comfy. She too likes a top box, not so much to lean on but likes the security factor of it sitting behind her. I will be getting the touratech box next week so will report how she finds it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Ive never rode 2up on mine but I just installed the Tusk rack with large panniers and even unloaded I can feel them back there, its not horrible but def noticible. I would not want to ride 2up loaded down with camping gear. I think it would be too much for the bike, but ive never been a fan of 2up riding. Only reason I keep my rear pegs on atm is incase we have a breakdown when touring with my buddy and we have to leave his bike and double to a town or something.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top