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post #1 of 61 Old 04-15-2019, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Exceeding the 2up weight limit

According to the manual the max payload for the GTL is 463 lbs. that would mean that if I carried my wife as a passenger we would be over the weight limit. How many of you that ride 2up are exceeding the stated max payload?

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How many of you that ride 2up are exceeding the stated max payload?
Probably more than will tell their wife.

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I think many two up riders would be, especially once you factor filled luggage into it. I am lucky that my wife is half my weight, however sometimes I think that the amount of clothes she brings to not be cold makes up for difference.



This exact issue is why there is a whole "darkside" thread on here to discuss the option of using a car tire for both the increased longevity and load carrying capacity.


Other than the likely demise of the shocks a little sooner than normal, I wouldn't expect that any other items need to be upgraded...
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Welp, I don't expect she'll ever make an appearance here, so I'll admit that my wife and I are each a bit fluffy, and together we equal the load limit, pretty much to the pound, without any luggage.

But I have plans to join a gym soon, honest!
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You'd be fine, for the same reason Captain Kirk can get away with running the impulse engines at 140%. Scotty might complain, but being a good engineer, he will always pad the safety factor some.

Just don't push the limit too far over the line.
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I often do when on trips, never bottomed out the suspension nor had any handling issues. I'd say we probably have over 500lbs on it for long trips.
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Last year while loaded for a few days on the road and a gathering at Gerlach, NV, I stopped on a truck scale. With full fuel load and all our stuff, the bike weighs 1,370lbs. This is one of the reasons I went to the Double-Darkside.

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As long as it isn't excessive, the issue only becomes a real problem if it is ever found to be the cause of an accident, or if you were seen to be overweight & escorted to say a weigh station. Here in Europe, it's usually the camper vans that get tested & occasionally HGVs.

Thinking back to my Hayabusa days, the early bikes had an alloy rear subframe that was known to crack at the front mounting if the bike was overladen; hence Suzuki offered a steel tube subframe under a recall campaign IIRC, with a higher load rating.

The same surely applies with the K16 - the stress is on the rear subframe & spring/damper unit which could bottom out. I can't see how tyre choices could improve this situation so can only suggest talking to the mother-ship if your weight calculation throws up a significant excess figure.
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I was wondering about this myself. We are over the weight limit in street clothes. On our only ride so far, I managed to scrape something when taking a rather tight left turn from a stop light. I had the bike with 2 helmets and I believe comfort mode. I didn't notice too much difference in the ride otherwise. I was thinking we should upgrade the shocks down the road.

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We’re right at it with a load of gear...and cosmetic bag.

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