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post #1 of 6 Old 08-29-2018, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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I was considering the 650 vs 1000. I am trying to figure out what is the max weight each one can carry? Any help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-29-2018, 07:31 AM
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Max weight is the same, but it's total weight so the 650 can carry 20kg more ADDED weight than the 1000. I can't remember what the total is, but it's right up there with bikes like Goldwings.

I would suggest suspension mods though if the weigh is getting up there. There's a big difference between can do and can do comfortably.
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Actually the Gold Wings don't carry as much weight at you might imagine! My BMW carries a LOT more weight than a Gold Wing simply because it weighs 620 lbs instead of 900.

The DL 650 weighs slightly less than the 1000 and since it has the same tires it is rated for a bit more "payload". Tires are typically the limiting factor in how much the bike, equipment, luggage, and rider can weigh and be within the manufacturers rated load.

The rear tire on my 650 is rated for 716 lbs, the front 536 lbs for a total of 1,252 lbs. Bike is 526 lbs without side cases, rider, or gear. 726 lbs of payload! That is very high compared to some bikes. BUT...pay attention to rear tire load as it is easy to put a lot of weight on the rear and very little on the front. Easy to overload rear, especially with passenger and a lot of luggage.

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For the DL650, the GVWR is 926 lbs which means you can safely carry around 425-450 lbs depending on how much added weight you have installed as accessory (Sidecases, racks, skidplate, crashbars, topcase, tankbag) and gear.

As the legendary Greywolf stated on more than one occasion, these numbers are very conservative and driven by liability lawyers. In the real world I would not hesitate to ride the 650 2-up with gear...in fact, my wife and I do so often. A stronger rear spring and drop-in fork cartridges will make the extra weight less likely to affect handling.

We find that the only place we really notice the stock bike struggling is when there is a dip in the road....can bottom-out fairly easily in that scenario. Have the local shop lined up to install a stiffer rear spring and cartridges before we travel together to the Eastern V-Strom rally next May.

Surprisingly, the DL1000 has a slightly lower carrying capacity than the DL650

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Isnt this all going to depend on exactly which tyres are fitted? Seems to be one of those ' how long is a piece of string' questions.

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About any stock size tire for the V Strom will have the same weight rating. I mentioned the sidewall load rating on TKC 70's above. I think most if not all the tires I have run are the same or very, very close to that.

It is correct that the manufacturers load rating might be less than the total of the tires weight rating. Assuming the suspension is able, tires are still the most relevant load limiting factor.

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