Greetings, just joined and trying to get some input on which bike might fit my needs. Been riding for 45 years now and have owned 29 motorcycles through the years. Currently own an 06 Suzuki C90T, 06 Kawasaki Z1000 and an 09 Triumph Bonneville(the wife's bike, but I have a hard time staying off of it!) Don't know if I'm in the right place to ask, but anyway here goes. I am selling the Suzuki C90T (comfortable for two up touring) but I want something lighter but still comfortable for the wife. Looking at a used BMW 1100/1150 RT/RS and also the Moto Guzzi California Vintage.
Whichever bike I finally choose must have a rear backrest for her. Trying to stay away from a top case, seems like that would put a lot of weight up high. Main concern is legroom and seat comfort for the wife. I'm 5'7" 32" inseam. Can't be too tall for me either. I'm looking at a RS or RT but the Guzzi really has the classic look.I guess I really want an old school lightweight touring machine that will still be comfortable for two. What are your thoughts on these bikes? Sorry for such a long post. Thanks