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I'm going to get the 500 ABS version shortly and I'm curious to know if the passenger seat position is comfortable. In looking at the bike, the foot pegs seem to be a little high up and might offer a cramped sitting position. Can anyone share their experience? My wife is a constant passenger on our weekend rides and I want to be sure that she's comfortable.
 

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My wife is about 5'2 and 130lbs... She said the passenger seat itself is pretty uncomfortable. The passenger seat doesn't have enough cushion. The ergonomics is "ok" for someone her height. Definitely not for someone much taller or long rides IMO.
 

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Hmm. It's certainly giving me pause about pulling the trigger on this bike. I will have to consider other options.
 

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I would honestly look at much bigger bikes for 2up comfort, unfortunately. Motorcycles in general is not a very comfortable vehicle unless you get all the bells and whistles. For short sprints around town to grab coffee and food, my wife would not hesitate to ride with me. Anything longer than an hour and her butt can't take it lol
 

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took the wife on a short ride for breakfast and she too dislikes the pillion seat on the rebel. She says that it's bearable for about 15-20 mins but can tell that it'll get uncomfortable for anything longer than that. She does like that the rebel is on the low side and makes getting on and off it easier. She prefers riding on my Versys x300 which has a top case that she can lean back on.

here she is giving a thumbs up to the GoPro. Such a ham... lol
 

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took the wife on a short ride for breakfast and she too dislikes the pillion seat on the rebel. She says that it's bearable for about 15-20 mins but can tell that it'll get uncomfortable for anything longer than that. She does like that the rebel is on the low side and makes getting on and off it easier. She prefers riding on my Versys x300 which has a top case that she can lean back on.

here she is giving a thumbs up to the GoPro. Such a ham... lol
That's a bummer about the uncomfortable seat. Perhaps it can be rebuilt into something thicker and larger at an upholstery shop, or some third-party companies will create some pillion options.
 

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As seen by my dealer last Saturday, a previous owner tried to set the passenger seat as much comfortable as possible.

Maybe it is but I find it ugly :

 

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Yes, it is sold by my dealer, just 300€ less than the regular price, with only 200km.

I don't know what the previous owner was thinking about when he bought the bike...
 

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Am I missing something? The "passenger seat" looks like a foam pad mounted directly to the fender?? How could that be anything other than horrible to sit on? Aside from it being not much padding, wouldn't the passenger feel every little bump? My wife took one look at a picture and told me I was crazy if I thought she would every be anywhere near that seat.
 

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Am I missing something? The "passenger seat" looks like a foam pad mounted directly to the fender?? How could that be anything other than horrible to sit on? Aside from it being not much padding, wouldn't the passenger feel every little bump? My wife took one look at a picture and told me I was crazy if I thought she would every be anywhere near that seat.
The front seat is a foam pad mounted to plastic. That is what most seats are. The passenger seat will likely not feel much more bumps than the main rider seat.
Now you can change the main seat to something with springs if you wanted to, but for the passenger seat the only thing you can do is add more or better padding. There should be covers on ebay that could easily be modded to fit it.
 

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You can put lipstick on a pig too shortyg83, but that doesn't make it beautiful.

No way to make that passenger pillion comfortable either.
 

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I still keep my passenger seat on for my wife for short runs (coffee, donuts, etc). It still has its use, and my wife loves the ride everytime, but this bike was never intended as a comfort 2up bike. It's a "bobber," which basically translate to bare minimum of a motorcycle to reduce weight as much as possible. Bobbers back in the day were stripped down bikes for drag racing purposes.
 

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There are some other options out there you can look into, like the "butty buddy" or some of these other aftermarket covers that use air. The seat from Honda feels like sitting on a board. I did let my wife practice riding with me on the back and I wouldn't want to do it for more than 15-20 minutes. It didn't feel too cramped with me at 5'6".
 

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When I bought my Guzzi it had a solo seat but the previous owner had a "bitch pad" made for the rear. It was just like the rear passenger seat for the Rebel but had suctions cups on the bottom to hold it in place. My wife refused to ride on anything called a "bitch pad".
 
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