Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800


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Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby rl4668 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:41 pm



Just trying to find out rider weight limits, I am a big guy and will have a passenger. If I have the GVW, I can figure the rest. Thanks!



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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:05 am

The 2003 owners manual says:

Dry weight: 791 lbs (798 lbs with ABS)

Weight Capacity: 417 lbs (425 lbs Canada) - for rider, passenger, all cargo and accessories

Cargo Capacity:
Travel trunk: 20 lbs
Each saddlebag: 20 lbs
Each fairing pocket: 4.5 lbs
Each trunk side pocket: 1 lbs
Total of all cargo: 71 lbs

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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby gareva1 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:26 pm

I know of many couples who exceed this weight with no ill results---in fact, if you must go by the book ratings, if you exceed this weight rating for the 1800, then I do not know of a motorcycle that would have a weight requirement you would fit in.

Wife and I together exceed the book weight before accessories and cargo...and when we pull a trailer it really all goes to hell.

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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby jstancampiano » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:22 pm

gareva1 wrote:I know of many couples who exceed this weight with no ill results---in fact, if you must go by the book ratings, if you exceed this weight rating for the 1800, then I do not know of a motorcycle that would have a weight requirement you would fit in.

Wife and I together exceed the book weight before accessories and cargo...and when we pull a trailer it really all goes to hell.


BMW GS 482lbs (rider, pass, luggage), K1200lt 470lbs rider pass, R1200RT 520lbs rider pass. For the KLT and the RT luggage is standard equipment and not added to this payload weight.

I think Honda really under rates weight limit for liability reasons

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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby gareva1 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:52 pm

Noted...at the time of that post I did not know of such a bike...now I do :)

Further, it's quite possible that the reason the bmw motos have higher load capacities for the rider is because of better stock suspension components...the wing's stock suspension is lacking in a lot of ways.

On the LT...are you sure the weights of the cargo in the luggage isn't included? I find that hard to believe that they wouldn't take that into account from a liability perspective. While I bet the weight of the bags themselves is factored in, I bet their contents weight comes out of the passenger weight...Those LT sidebags filled with lead would probably not be advisable by BMW

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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby jstancampiano » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:24 pm

What I mean is on the GS you have to add the weight of the bags + what you have inside to passenger weight and come up under that number. The LT and RT come with the bags, so the additional weight of the bags has already been accounted for, but you still have the weight of the stuff in them to add up along with the passenger weights. Sorry for the confusion.

You are right about the suspension. My GS ADV rides much smoother then my Goldwing and I can fit a lot of stuff in and on those 3 ugly square boxes, but my wife will ride with me all day on the wing and only about 2 hrs on the GS. (the wing is her bike, I'm just the chauffeur)

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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby jprobins1578 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:35 pm

You may also consider that the GVWR for the GL1800 is based on an OEM rear tire that is a Dunlop D250 with a Load Index of 74 (827 lbs). If you run Dunlop E3's they have a Load Index of 80 (992 lbs). This increases your safety margin by another 162 lbs.

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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby manutd » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:05 am

My wife and I add about 700lb to our 2004 GL1800 between us and the storage pods.
Stock Tires and suspension. Never had an issue.
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Re: Weight limit or GVW of a GL1800

Postby jprobins1578 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:07 pm

Here's how I arrived at a safe vehicle loading while pulling a KwikKamp tent trailer (see below). I start with a Preset = 0 and measure hitch height to the ground with just me on the bike. Then I add the rest (Co-rider, cargo, trailer) and then adjust Preset to give me the same hitch height. I'm comfortable I can add weight to the trailer, maintaining 40# tongue weight without compromising my tire safety margin.

Load capacity
Dunlop Dunlop Dunlop
OEM D250 E3's E3's w/ 180/70R-16
Front Tire LI 600 600 600
Rear Tire LI 827 992 910
Dry Weight w/ ABS 798 798 798
Available for Passengers, Cargo, Accessories, Fluids 629 794 712

Rider + gear 215 215 215
Co-rider + gear 150 150 150
Cargo 71 71 71
Fuel (tank full) 39 39 39
Oil 8 8 8
Accessories
Trailer hitch 22 22 22
Highway pegs 11 11 11
Passenger boards 12 12 12 Tongue weight ratio
Trunk rack 9 9 9 10% 12.50% 15%
Trailer tongue weight 40 40 40 400 320 267
Trailer GVW
Available 52 217 135




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