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Old 05-28-2007, 09:34 AM   #1
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Greetings All

Does anyone know what is the recommended maximum weight for a KLR650? Has anyone had any experience with the KLR two up on a long overland trip?

At the least I would assume that an upgraded rear shock and maybe changing the subframe bolts would be required.

Any thoughts?

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Old 05-28-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
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maybe there are max. weight #'s somewhere but with certain mods it's all variable i think.

wife and i go 2-up all the time (we're maybe 275 together, incl. gear) and have gone to mexico with about 100lbs. of luggage and tools, and we take the bike shopping all the time accruing similar weights. no problem.

BUT - i have mike's 3-bolt subframe upgrade, mike's raising links, and i keep the preload on 5. also with a lot of weight you gotta make sure to keep that rear tire full.

there are probably bikes that have better geometry and suspension for handling a lot of weight though; stability is an issue on the klr if your pillion doesn't know to keep still and how to lean.
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Seems I saw in the owners manual my '07 is rated for just over 400 lbs.
Of course this includes anything you add to the bike, likely including gas at 6 lbs. a gallon.

I'm nearly 300 lbs. myself, so with bags and such I don't have alot of payload left.

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maybe there are max. weight #'s somewhere but with certain mods it's all variable i think.

wife and i go 2-up all the time (we're maybe 275 together, incl. gear) and have gone to mexico with about 100lbs. of luggage and tools, and we take the bike shopping all the time accruing similar weights. no problem.

BUT - i have mike's 3-bolt subframe upgrade, mike's raising links, and i keep the preload on 5. also with a lot of weight you gotta make sure to keep that rear tire full.

there are probably bikes that have better geometry and suspension for handling a lot of weight though; stability is an issue on the klr if your pillion doesn't know to keep still and how to lean.
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"Bitch seat" or "pitch pad" is vulgar American motorcycle slang for the pillion, as is "riding bitch" instead of "riding pillion". While used presently for both men and women, these terms come from antiquated notions about both gender roles and motorcycling in general. "Riding bitch" is also used in America to denote sitting in between two other people, where there is often a hump in the middle analogous to the pillion. When possible, this is the option avoided in favor of "riding shotgun."
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