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Lightbulb FJR Weight Saving Modification

With all of this talk about going lighter, I thought I would share one simple modification that reduced the riding weight of my FJR by 200 lb. (your results may vary).

I removed the passenger seat, and told the wife to get her own motorcycle!

Problem solved. You're welcome.
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Never once understood the appeal of putting a precious human life on the back of an motorcycle, let alone a big unresponsive touring bike. Just get a convertible.
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Never once understood the appeal of putting a precious human life on the back of an motorcycle.......
I partially agree, passengers on SOME bikes shouldn't be allowed- period, and especially on sport bikes....I mean common... "it's like sitting on a plank of wood that is sticking from the back of your pickup truck, at highway speed ( usually high triple digits, and NO gear or even no clothes )" total craziness.

At least touring/cruisers and GoldWing alike bikes (that are usually ridden by mature and responsible individuals) are a bit safer and at least designed to provide some relative safety for passengers (providing that people ridding in the back are "engaged and "educated" about motorcycle physics).
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At least touring/cruisers and GoldWing alike bikes (that are usually ridden by mature and responsible individuals) are a bit safer and at least designed to provide some relative safety for passengers (providing that people ridding in the back are "engaged and "educated" about motorcycle physics).
During my brief time riding with GWRRA I observed Goldwings are ridden more often than not with a wife in the back seat. And at least half of the wives expect to take a nap during the coming ride.
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With all of this talk about going lighter, I thought I would share one simple modification that reduced the riding weight of my FJR by 200 lb. (your results may vary).

I removed the passenger seat, and told the wife to get her own motorcycle!

Problem solved. You're welcome.
LMAO, that made me laugh. At first I was like "200 lbs...how would you accomplish that???"

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LOl my wife has been riding passenger with me for 48 years, all over the US, Canada, Europe. Great riding partner. She loves riding with me and I love her riding with me. The experiences we have shared on 2 wheels together have been amazing. May be why we have managed to stay happily married for 46 years. (and yes she has been known to fall asleep back there on occasion.

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During my brief time riding with GWRRA I observed Goldwings are ridden more often than not with a wife in the back seat. And at least half of the wives expect to take a nap during the coming ride.
I had two Goldwings for a total of eight years. They were never my only bike and I only had the for when she rode with me. But as time went by she rode with me less and less. I donít like machinery sitting, so I would try to ride them every few weeks until she quit riding all together.

I can honestly say that I could tell no difference in how the bike felt whether she was back there or not. There were a few times I literally had to think about whether she was still with me or not.
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LOl my wife has been riding passenger with me for 48 years, all over the US, Canada, Europe. Great riding partner. She loves riding with me and I love her riding with me. The experiences we have shared on 2 wheels together have been amazing. May be why we have managed to stay happily married for 46 years. (and yes she has been known to fall asleep back there on occasion.
I used to tell people itís a great way to spend a day with your wife without having to talk to her. Neither one of us ever wanted an intercom system. But she knew how to get my attention when she wanted something. Or I was riding too fast.
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I really wanted my wife to go with me; bought the helmet, jacket to entice her, but I've realized it's just never going to happen. It scares her and I understand, but I still wish I could share this experience with her. To those that have wives that go with them, you're lucky in my book to have that time together.
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I look at it the other way. I'm fortunate that my wife hates bikes and will not ride. My time, my space.

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