How much do you and your wife weigh?

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How much do you and your wife weigh?

Post by Choctaw » Mon May 14, 2018 2:46 pm

How many of you believe you are over the weight limit when your wife rides with you? I weight 225lbs and my wife ways 180lbs. Boy when my wife gets on the back I am like 'good lord woman'! And then i bitterly drive for the first 5-10 mile or so lolz. Then my gosh it takes a lot longer to stop nicely! Anyway. What's your average weight of you and your wife combined. If you are over, how concerned about it are you? How does your riding approach change? Oh and also with the bags filled feel like ya going to blow a tire?

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Post by AZgl1800 » Mon May 14, 2018 6:23 pm

I have been at 250+ for over 15 years, and while my wife would not ride with me, she ( gasp, saw the same on the doctor's scales )

My son weighs 325-350 or so, and last year I was at 275 and we doubled up and rode quite a bit.

the 1800 did not seem to even notice, it is strong hearted, and has very good brakes.

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Re: How much do you and your wife weigh?

Post by DenverWinger » Tue May 15, 2018 1:07 am

Fortunately for us, we don't have that problem, I'm at 170 and GF about 130, I hardly notice her riding behind me ( :evil: "WHACK!" Sorry Honey, I didn't mean it that way... :oops:) :lol:
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Re: How much do you and your wife weigh?

Post by dingdong » Tue May 15, 2018 7:35 am

Sorry, not going there..... ;) :D

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Post by minimac » Tue May 15, 2018 8:19 am

I have to agree with Dingdong. Been married (this time) for 37 years. If I had to file a missing persons report on her, there's no way I could even guesstimate.

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Post by 823JIM » Tue May 15, 2018 12:16 pm

I and my wife are in the same weight range as you and yours. We load the bike for trips, hook onto trailer and ride have no problems. I run a car tire for the weight factor and still handles just fine.

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Re: How much do you and your wife weigh?

Post by FM-USA » Wed May 16, 2018 8:07 am

Thtead reminded me of a tune...

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Re: How much do you and your wife weigh?

Post by brettchallenger » Sat May 19, 2018 3:12 am

Use kilos instead of pounds, it sounds a lot less.
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Re: How much do you and your wife weigh?

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sat May 19, 2018 5:24 am

Interesting question; however, one of the best ways to address the issue is to upgrade your bike's suspension. If you have 30,000 miles or more on your bike the 1800 suspension is getting soft and may be affecting the ride quality, performance and your personal safety.

I had an '08 1800 for two years, but before I bought it I researched the issues with the 1800 and the top two were tire longevity and suspension. The consensus I found was that the 1800 suspension did not stand up over the long run. I upgraded the suspension to Traxxion front and rear and it made a significant difference in ride performance, quality and with this comes personal safety. Tires lasted longer as well.

I now ride an '85 GL1200 LTD and have upgraded the suspension as well, not to Traxion, but with Race Tech components in the front forks and Progressive series 412 rear non-air shocks. Tires are lasting longer and the ride quality and performance of the bike is quite good. Another thing I did was weigh the 1800 and 1200 on a highway scale and these both came in at 925 pounds each. Thought the 1200 would weigh less but checked on a different set of scales and the weight was the 925 pounds.

I mention the suspension because like a car, it is the one key element in keeping the tires firmly planted on the road, and is well promoted as a safety issue. Go into any tire shop and you will see posters on tire wear and what you should do to correct the issue. Bike shops do not do this, but IMHO should. If you don't correct an issue with your car suspension you'll just be going back in for the same issue, similarly with a bike. Lots of aftermarket add-ons to address symptoms but not the issue.

Just a few of my thoughts.


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