After talking with all my friends and family who ride, the answer I recieved was, “Cruiser”….and quite a few of them ride Sportbikes. As the name implies, “Cruisers” seem to be better suited for comfort/travel. They many not be as fast as Sportbikes, but a good majority of them don’t seem to be lacking in the power dept. either. The riders I know who own cruisers seem to love them, same for the Sportbike folks with their Sportbikes. I think it really comes down to what you are using it for. You stated you would be riding double a lot but would also like some performance, the question is how you define performance. Do you mean, “The ability to haul 2 people comfortably for possibly extended periods”, or do you mean “The ability to go 130mph down the freeway”? I think many of us have different definitions of “performance” and how it relates to what we are looking for in a vehicle. What is your definition?
The birds are calling my name, thought Caw.