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Old 10-08-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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07 V-Strom 650 carrying limits

So what is the official limit on how much the Wee Strom can carry. I've calculated out that me, my girl, our riding gear, plus out traveling gear weighs in at about 420 lbs +/- 10lbs. Is this overloaded for the Strom's stock suspension? I plan on eventually getting upgraded suspension, but not for a few years. Anyone have any input?


This was us on our last trip. However I need to add some more gear. Hence the asking.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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sure get a pair of light truck tires on there and you're all set. hah. ok well a set of heavier front progressive springs will run you about 100.00 or so plus oil. there is a guy who can revalve and re spring your rear shock for around 500.00. if you're handy both mods aren't too bad. if not labor will be expensive. otherwise take a look under the seat and or the owners manual for load ratings to see if you're over loaded or not (thats if the lawyer stickers are still on your bike). usually those numbers listed have a cushion factor in them. remember you're on a vstrom. these things have been ridden hard, put away wet, overloaded, mistreated, and still ask for more and proudly do it.

send out a howl to greywolf. he's the Yoda of vstroms.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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So if you believe the MFG the empty dry weight is 427 lbs. MAX gross weight is 926lbs, more weight and you are a test pilot. Being in that profession, (pilot) I can tell you that longevity is temporary at best.. Anyway that gives you 499 lbs useful load. Remember this is the DRY weight, no hand gaurds, no oil, no gas, no skid plate, no luggage, you get the idea. How much the lawyers swayed this to the conservative side, and how much the bean counters/ marketing guru's swayed this to the liberal side is up to conjector. So have fun anyway, they haven't outlawed that yet, at least I haven't read the memo if they did.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:19 AM   #4
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I rode about half-way around the planet (Europe->Oz, 6 months) two-up on a DL650AK7, with fully stock suspension. We even carried spare tyres in Asia (on left/right side of the fuel tank!) Planned stiffer springs, etc., but stupid as I was, I never got to do those with enough time before departure, so decided not to mess with them at all.

Was the bike overloaded? Bloody hell, YES! Was the suspension sagging way too low? Again yes. But it could still do it, no cracked subframes, nothing. Worth noting, that roads werent often very bad, but there were certainly a lot of very bumpy & potholed stretches. I actually thought the wheels would not last, but they did! If Id go again, then yes, Id probably do some mods to the suspension, but otherwise we had no real problems with the bike, it just kept on going.

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http://www.moto1.fi/blog.htm

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #5
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A stiffer spring on the rear shock and stiffer springs in the forks won't break the bank, and make the ride and handling much more comfortable for both of you.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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reality

you can overload the heck out of stuff and nothing bad happens.

Picture of tons of stuff on a PC800 banging frost heaves at 65mph with no suspension in Destruction Bay Yukon. No fork oil, no discernible rear suspension.



I am currently treating my Weestrom much worse than my pc800

Your results may vary. Of course most people on this site will do an extensive Pugh Analysis Matrix over every option. Reality is get on the damn thing and have a good time.

The money you spend on the suspension spend on red wine getting the fem compliant. Much more bang for the buck.


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Old 10-09-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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Find the rear shock of a DL1000, it has a heavier spring, is a better shock cause of the floating piston design and will raise the rear of the bike 3/4 inch.

With the load your carrying just having it properly sprung for your weight and nothing else will be a vast improvement over stock.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:37 PM   #8
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Find the rear shock of a DL1000, it has a heavier spring, is a better shock cause of the floating piston design and will raise the rear of the bike 3/4 inch.

With the load your carrying just having it properly sprung for your weight and nothing else will be a vast improvement over stock.
I currently have a raiser on the rear. It raised the rear by one inch. Now it leaves over further on the side stand, and when on the center stand the tires still touch enough to where they wont roll freely. I figure this is enough for now since I only ride a few hundred miles with all that weight. 99% of my miles is solo or with my girl, and no gear. Thanks for all the input guys, much appreciated.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:13 PM   #9
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there is no problem with 475lbs. but

I have a strom 06 that has had 66 k on it and 50k of them loaded 400-475lbs. That said it has a wilbers rear shock set for no preload to 325lbs the preloader sets the sag right at up to 475, (big guy very aggressive rider) and 1.15kg up front on cart.conv. forks.
had an 04 that took the same abuse on a stock rear(with a 3/8inch plastic spacer see calsci site) and hyperpro springs. for ~30k then the stock rear shock was done (not leaking, just done, read pogostick)
I can tell you a wee can do 110k with that kind of abuse the stock suspension will not.
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2008 stock 650 V-Strom, haven't calculated the weight at the time but you'll get an idea:

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