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    Passenger weight, what does it stress?

    Just curious. If my passenger + me is over the weight limit of the bike a little, what does that stress? Suspension, engine, clutch, tires???? How much leeway is built into that limit, too? Any idea?
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    Any suggestions???
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    If my passenger + me is over the weight limit of the bike a little, what does that stress? Suspension, engine, clutch, tires????
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    What's the limit on our bikes, anyway? 300 +/- ? I'd say if you'd have to stress it a lot and quite frequently to see longterm issues.

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    Limit is right at 400 pounds.
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    well for me... it would ultimately stress my testicular movement which is no bueno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amad View Post
    Just curious. If my passenger + me is over the weight limit of the bike a little, what does that stress? Suspension, engine, clutch, tires???? How much leeway is built into that limit, too? Any idea?
    The 1) suspension; 2)frame; 3)tires--all covered under their CYA ratings. I would suspect that the main detriment would be that wonderful rear shock. Just crank it up 2 or 3 notches and ride. Before my Ninja's untimely death, we sometimes rode 2 up, with my 46L trunk on it with nary a hitch. We don't put a lot of weight in the trunk, mainly it is on there to hold our helmets and water when we ride together. By the way, her highness likes the bike MUCH better with the topcase on it. Of course, she usually rides her own anyway, so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vietecrx View Post
    well for me... it would ultimately stress my testicular movement which is no bueno.
    no bueno at all man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vietecrx View Post
    well for me... it would ultimately stress my testicular movement which is no bueno.
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    Well, I'm not a small guy (neither is my girl...ssshhhhh, don't tell her I said that). Combined, we are about 445. I just don't want to hurt the bike, especially the engine. The suspension, or tire wear, doesn't bother me much. What do you think?
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    I would recommend getting a motorcycle more suited to 2-up riding if it's something that you plan on doing in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin64 View Post
    I would recommend getting a motorcycle more suited to 2-up riding if it's something that you plan on doing in the future.
    Nah. Like the Ninja too much. I had a bigger bike she could ride on, and she didn't too much. I'll keep the ninja. I'll just tell her to lose weight. Sssshhhh, don't tell her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amad View Post
    Combined, we are about 445. I just don't want to hurt the bike, especially the engine. The suspension, or tire wear, doesn't bother me much. What do you think?
    Both of you together don't overtax that motor, so go ride!
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