They can be had for pretty cheap, they are very reliable and carry 2 people very well. I have the Corbin Gunfighter with backrest and my wife is very comfortable. There are many choices out there, but the 919 is not one of the bad ones.
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Early year 919 go for a nice price close to there production end 2006-2007 they can still be in in the $4K-6K range. Lots of people ride 2 up on there 9er and seem to love it. This bike has been discribed by many as a "Great all-arounder" Your brief iscription of what you are looking for I think the 9er will be a great fit.
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Originally I was thinking of a 599 but with the better half riding with me more and more often decided a bit more power would be the smart move and prevent the "I shoulda got a 919" buyers malaise later on down the line.
I REALLY like the new CB1000R BUT there's nothing but a small PLANK for a passenger to sit on. Corbin, Sargent etc will no doubt come to the rescue in that area but then there's the LACK OF leg/knee room that the passenger is forced to deal with. The pretzel riding position doesn't suit the better half for more than a VERY SHORT trip.
I can't help but think the 919 is one of the last "standard" motorcycles available that one can truly consider taking a passenger on with even a small degree of comfort.
Did the bike manufacturers abandon those customers who might want to take along a passenger to the Gold Wing/Cruiser bikes??
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