Yeah, it will haul you Murf2. Read the owner's manual- the dual sport bike has an engineered design capacity for operator and passenger, me and my gear are far below that. As well, thus far the rear frame takes the load of about 40 lbs just fine. My rear shock is at the stiffest preload and 15W oil is in the front forks. While still not optimal, it works surprisingly well. Again, I think it is the design, even the little dog crude suspension has a good adjustment range due to allowing for a passenger plus a rider. When I was deciding what to buy, I looked at a thread here by a guy who toured on weekends with his wife on the back of the 230L. They had fun. they both were smaller normal-sized folks, but that helped demonstrate the 230L could haul me and my gear in my mind. A lot of motorcycles- dirt bikes- are engineered to be light but not to carry a passenger and a load. For comfort I added a Seat Concepts seat and 1 7/8 inch handlebar risers. When I sat on and rode a WR250R at the dealer, I was surprised that whioe slightly larger, the WRR was really not much larger feeling to me.