Well, I finally had a chance to do my 2-up ride with the lady this weekend. Here's my little story.
The Equipment: 2005 Ducati Monster S4R
Quick review of the bike. Feels planted better than a weed plant in an East Van basement. It was very comfortable with a passenger, corners extremely well (however I do need to set up the suspension) and can easily hang with the sportbikes. The 996 engine has TONNES of power for passing and I barely even noticed I had a passenger. However, having a passenger that can't reach the tank on an L-Twin bike is like a primitive form of birth control, I'll let you guys try to figure that one out on your own.
The Okanagan is beautiful. I hadn't been through there in the summer for years and completely forgot what it was like. We had great weather on the way up and a little bit of rain on the way back, with the weather changes we had a myriad of conditions to test the bike out in. I'd have preferred weather somewhere in the middle of the blistering heat and the cold downpours, but hey, that's riding. I highly recommend heading out this direction if you haven't already. Roads are great, weather is beautiful and the scenery is absolutely amazing from penticton to Kelowna. I preferred the little town called Peachland which is where we stayed.
Entering Manning Park
Rest stop before Princeton
Cute Bed & Breakfast by Summerland
View at Peachland
Wicked Hair. In between Keremeos and Princeton
Finally back home.
All in all, it was an awesome trip and only about 1100Kms.
oh and MORE PICS to come!