Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Tidewater, Virginia
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
2009 Orange DL650
SW Motech Rally Crashbars, Skidplate & Centerstand
Givi e22L Sidecases
Shad 33L Topcase
Wolfman 40L Waterproof Duffel
Givi Tanklock 20L Tankbag
Techiwik Long Underwear
1978 Honda CB550K-Sold