Is anyone riding 2 up on the 695 regularly? My wife and I may wind up commuting on mine. I"m a bit worried about the rear shock, though. It seems maxed out with just me on it (probably @ 210lbs or so with gear on).
My wife and I ride 2 up quite a bit on my 695. I weigh about 190 and my wife weighs about 105. I did buy one of those non slip covers for the back seat. I think it was made by Triboseat, got it off E-bay. It is made in England and costs less than $25. The wife loves it. We've rode to Tulsa and back which is about 220 miles round trip with no problems.
I've had 2-up on my M750, which is actually a little down on power, but the rear shock/spring should be the similar. The only problem I've had is from the bellypan smacking the pavement on a harder bump, and I've drug it leaned over in a turn from the decreased clearance of the extra weight. Never felt like it was too much for the shock though
As said before, turn up the preload & take it easy until you figure out how the bike is going to react ~