Motorcycling doesn't have to be a solitary pastime. In fact, hitting the road with your friend or significant other can be a bonding experience like no other—plus it makes things a lot easier if you don't have to come up with a reason why you get to go out and have some life-affirming adventure while they have to sit at home. Having the right ride makes all the difference though, so we're bringing you some of our favorite motorcycles for two-up riding.

Honda Gold Wing

Honda Gold Wing

For over four decades, the Honda Gold Wing has been getting motorcyclists and their passengers to their destinations all over the globe.
Slimmed down and beefed up in terms of power and performance, Honda’s Gold Wing remains the de facto standard in touring.Honda

The venerable GL1800. The Gold Wing. This one's a no-brainer because the GW is the epitome of two-wheeled luxury, especially since the update Honda introduced for the 2018 model year. The flat-six-powered recliner-on-wheels has cloud-like suspension, more infotainment options than your smart TV, and it can carry loads of cargo. The lithe handling, the fuel mileage, the power delivery, and the incredible comfort of the rider and pillion seats will leave you both asking for more.

BMW K 1600 GTL


The BMW K 1600 GTL is a sporty two-up tourer that rivals the Honda Gold Wing.
BMW’s K 1600 GTL rivals the Gold Wing directly. It too offers a very sporty package for those that want to ride two-up.BMW

A direct competitor to the Gold Wing, the BMW K 1600 GTL is another first-class machine. Here again, you get state-of-the-art entertainment and safety electronics, a rock-solid six-cylinder engine, lots of storage capacity, and seats you'll want to bring in your home after the ride's done. BMW has refined the design of the K 1600 GTL to meet every need of the rider and passenger, so the only thing you'll have to bicker about is where to get a bite to eat.

Yamaha Star Venture

If you’re in the market for one of the best touring cruisers for a passenger and yourself, the Yamaha Star Venture should be on the top of your list.
Yamaha’s touring cruiser—the Star Venture—provides the rider and passenger optimal comfort.Yamaha

The newest transcontinental tourer from Yamaha will devour miles while you and your passenger enjoy the comforts of heated grips and seats, listen to your favorite tunes on Bluetooth, or simply take in the tuned growl of the 1,854cc air-cooled V-twin. The Star Venture punches right up there with the most extravagant touring rigs around, and Yamaha has clearly dialed in all the amenities for both rider and passenger.

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Living up to the sport in sport tourer, the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT will carve up your destination, no matter how far away.
For the thrill-seeking riding pair, the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT can get you to the canyons and carve them, all in one afternoon.KTM

Want to get the pulse rate up and carve corners with your partner? Then the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT will surely please. This V-twin beast is stripped-down and mean, but you can still get your hands on accessory luggage and other touches to make the miles feel a little less sporty. This KTM is the bike for couples who crave the adrenaline rush. It might be a little less cozy than some of the other selections, but what you give up in comfort you gain in sheer two-wheeled thrill.

Moto Guzzi California Touring

A touring cruiser with a unique engine layout, the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring delivers you and your passenger to your destination in timeless style.
If you’re looking for a classically-styled touring cruiser, Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring is a unique option.Moto Guzzi

Do you and your pillion like that classic look and feel? Think Italians have it right in the design department? Check out the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring, a motorcycle that never got the memo about plastic fairings or carbon-fiber covers. It's got integrated luggage and a sizable windscreen, plus it comes with a little backrest for your passenger, so you can both cruise in comfort until the sun does down over the Pacific.

Yamaha FJR1300

If you need a reliable sport tourer that is comfortable for your passenger and fun to ride, the Yamaha FJR1300 is worth the premium over the base model.
Yamaha’s FJR1300 can be defined as a medium-duty sport-touring rig.Yamaha

The Yamaha FJR1300 has a similar aspect to the motorcycles we've already touched, but you'll have to plop down another 10 grand for this one. The Yamaha has a sporty 1,298cc inline-four engine that will keep you smiling, and plenty of comfort built-in for your passenger. Integrated luggage, great fuel economy, advanced electronics, and smooth suspension are the icing on this scrumptious cake.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson has been producing touring cruisers for many years and the Road Glide Ultra is another solid option from them.
Harley-Davidson’s Road Glide Ultra caters to cruiser riders that want to go the distance.Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson might have a little more rumble around the edges than our first three picks, but there's no denying the appeal of the growl and shake of a 114ci V-twin engine. And the new Road Glide Ultra delivers this emotive mill and then some. Better suspension and braking than ever before, a Boom! Box GTS Infotainment system, and Tour-Pak luggage bring safety, storage, and creature comforts with you on the road.

Indian Roadmaster

The Indian Roadmaster is a striking touring cruiser that will have everyone talking to you and your passenger when you get to your destination.
One of the most striking touring cruisers on the market, the Indian Roadmaster combines style and comfort for you and your passenger.Indian Motorcycles

If you haven't seen an Indian Roadmaster in the flesh yet, find a way to do it now. It's a breathtaking behemoth of a bike and you'll both be chatting up locals wherever you go. The Roadmaster is built with two-up riding in mind, with plush seating for rider and passenger with all the upscale goodies we've come to expect in the luxury touring market. Built-in cargo space, infotainment, sophisticated electronics. It might have hallmarks of the past, but this is one modern V-twin touring machine.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT

If you want to hit a trail or two when you’re riding with someone, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT begs you to.
Tackling pavement and light offroad, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT is a great all-around motorcycle.Kawasaki

Going a little off trend with this one, but the Kawasaki Versys 1000 is great for those who want to enjoy some light off-roading together. Granted, not every twosome is equally at home in the pilot's seat, but for those who want to share the twists and turns separately, the Versys is a reliable, versatile, super-fun motorcycle that will give you both stories to share over a drink when the day's done.