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post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2013, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom weight question...

Hey Guys and Gals,
Newbie to the forum, I've been on bikes for as long as I remember, only recently got a reel "pull" towards the open road. I have been looking at buying a Vee because I think it is the best bang for buck, everyday, everywhere bike you can buy, but I have some weight related questions for you.

a) I see that the Vee has a 220kg (485lbs) limit, now me and my significant other weigh in at 200kg (440lbs) and that only leaves 20kg (44lbs) for luggage and such. Now my question is this, is the luggage racks, and panniers included in the bikes quoted weight, i.e. 20kg's (44lbs) worth of "stuff" that you can lug along? Because that does not sound like much to me...

and b) If you include camping gear (tent and stuff) what does your normal luggage for a week long trip weigh? (I know this is very subjective, but would like to try and get an average)

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-08-2013, 12:17 PM
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I run solo so I have an advantage, I can carry more crap than you. :mrgreen:

The last time I weighted my side cases and pillion bag I think it was about 90 pounds. Close to 30 pounds each, including the weight of the side cases (Trax) and bag (MotoFizz). This included tent and camping gear for a two week trip. I usually try to keep the top case close to empty with just maps, rain gear, and some camera stuff.

I will willingly admit I carry way too much stuff. I am working cutting it down.

Hope that helps.

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-08-2013, 01:52 PM
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Riding through Oregon I noticed a lot of open scales along the road. I finally stopped at one and the little read out said 750 lbs. I weight about 150 and I had weighed the bike with some crap on it prior and it was 510. So I can figure my normal camping excess weighs in at 100 pounds or so.
The recommend weigh limit is just that. There are many Goldwing operators with their ample spouses that easily exceed the recommended. It still works for them.
Only thing for you is the ALi McBeal diet and exercise or an F250 Ford.
Credit cards for the Motel don't weigh much so you may still ride with peace of mind.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-08-2013, 04:54 PM
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you can and want to increase your load rating with a new rear shock & spring and fork springs, you'll still probably be running overweight on the rear tire unless you go to the darkside

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-09-2013, 07:39 PM
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If you look on the sidewall of the tire it will tell you how much it can handle with the maximum inflation.

Randy is right but also the Vee's are undersprung to start with so you can/should increase the springs anyway.

Then just ride... Too much thinking causes wrinkles
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Not a big deal...

I have been digging around and it seems the recommended weight is not such a big deal, some guys exceed it regularly with no problems. Luckily I am a firm believer in good suspension and good tires, and was figuring that it would probably be the first thing I will look at once I get a good deal on a Vee.

Thanks for the replies! Keep the rubber side down!:smilewinkgrin:
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 04:50 AM
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In my opinion, if it is too heavy to get off the side stand, then you have put too much stuff on your bike. If the suspension looks too saggy, then you probably need to beef it up. But if you are camping, there is not that much stuff you need to take.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 10:10 AM
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"If you are camping, there is not that much stuff you need to take."

Maybe you, but lots of us have significant needs. You don't like sitting under the protection of a Kelty Dome in the rain or heat? A little stove and pot for coffee and hot oatmeal?
My gear is not cheap stuff and still adds to to a proper load. The added extra sleeping needs of the SO wouldn't add that much but would still best 100 pounds.
The Essentialists are always a treat to watch set up and take down. You make it look so easy. Sorry though, A bivvy tent is not comfy for me.
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