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post #1 of 9 Old 08-31-2010, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Maximum Passenger and Cargo Load for Wee?

I currently ride a Honda Shadow 600. The max passenger and cargo weight is 365 lbs. Since I weigh 240 lbs., that pretty much confines me to having supermodels as passengers.

What is the spec. for the Wee? Not easy to find on the web ...

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http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/model_eval...dl650%20060%27 says 453.5lb for the 2004. 2007 and later are 7lbs heavier with ABS models adding another 7lbs or so over that. 440lbs is often mentioned as the maximum payload and that seems to be about right.

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http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/model_eval...dl650%20060%27 says 453.5lb for the 2004. 2007 and later are 7lbs heavier with ABS models adding another 7lbs or so over that. 440lbs is often mentioned as the maximum payload and that seems to be about right.
If you beef up the springs, you'd increase the payload.

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Ah, yes and no.

One has to consider the ratings of the tires and other structural components. One also has to consider stability.

When Mr. Honda says 365 lbs., I take him at his word.

If Mr. Suzuki says 440 lbs., I'd tend to take him at his word.

Generally, I'd make only those modifications approved by the manufacturer or where I had a LOT of knowledge that a consumer wouldn't normally have. I personally don't have the expertise to evaluate the axles, wheels, welds, etc.

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If you beef up the springs, you'd increase the payload.
That's probably true. GVWR is dependent on a number of factors though and springs are only one of the factors. Suzuki has not published what factor is the least able to support more weight, but the springs are a good bet. Check the ratings cast into the tires too. They need to be filled to the pressures cast on the sidewalls to handle the marked weights. After springs and tires, the bearings and frame come into play and those are normally over built. The shock rod diameter could be a weak point. After market shocks are beefier. I'd say a fork brace is a must for heavy loads.

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Braking capability is also a major factor in the publishing of maximum load numbers.

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If you run the stock bike at close to the factory-rated GVWR, you're gonna bottom the suspension easily (DAMHIK), so presumably the GVWR is a static calculation/measurement. I realize there are other things besides springs that make up the bike's capacity limitations, but springs are the primary determining factor.

I'll also add that if you're a fat old guy like me who carries 100+ pounds of crap in the luggage most of the time, heavier springs should be your first purchase after acquiring the bike.

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heavier springs should be your first purchase after acquiring the bike.
What's the best source for heavier springs for the fork and rear shock? Is there one brand preferred over the other?

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Check the ratings cast into the tires too..
stroms use the same tires that BMW does on GSs that have a much higher payload,

69W tires are rated for 717 pounds x 2 = 1434 gross vehicle weight if you can balance the load equally



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