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What is the max. weight allowed in each bag and the trunk ?


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For the GL1500, according to page 3 of the Owner's Manual:

Trunk and saddleboxes, 20 lbs each

Passenger boxes, 1 lb each

Cubbyholes under the handlebars, 4-1/2 lbs each
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Thank you very much !
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Poke around online, you can download the manuals.
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I doubt most owners weigh anything that goes in the bags or trunk. If you ride 2 up most are probably over the recommended weight capacity for the bike anyway. according to the owner's manual the maximum total weight (includes the weight of the rider, passenger, all cargo and all accessories) is 408 pounds.
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joeincalif wrote: Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:27 am I doubt most owners weigh anything that goes in the bags or trunk. If you ride 2 up most are probably over the recommended weight capacity for the bike anyway. according to the owner's manual the maximum total weight (includes the weight of the rider, passenger, all cargo and all accessories) is 408 pounds.
No doubt. I was more curious about the various wing generations luggage specs more than anything.
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joeincalif wrote: Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:27 am I doubt most owners weigh anything that goes in the bags or trunk. If you ride 2 up most are probably over the recommended weight capacity for the bike anyway. according to the owner's manual the maximum total weight (includes the weight of the rider, passenger, all cargo and all accessories) is 408 pounds.
The weight isn't about what the storage can carry, it's about rideability. More important is keeping weight LOW and evenly distributed per side.

This is easier to do if you expect to put your helmets in the top box.

Many years ago, the practice was that the left saddlebox was for keep tools, electronics modules, and other heavy stuff that the rider wouldn't need to dig out in a hurry, like a raincoat, spare flashlight and batteries, etc. Right box was for stuff to routinely reach in and get, especially heavy stuff like ammo. The top box was mostly full of radio, but there was room for some small, lightweight stuff, like registration and insurance pouch, cold-wx gloves, snacks, etc. As time went on, the radios got smaller and the top boxes got bigger, but the practice was still to "work out of the right side," with nothing heavy in the top.

Your load is all above the axles, so the more low and even, the better balance in turns.

If you keep to this procedure, you can go way beyond mfr weight ratings. For instance, the Kawasaki copcycle had a special, swiveling (shock-absorbing) carrier for the radio box. If the swivel was locked in place, it could carry much more than the design weight (as in the final scene of the movie "Dragnet," when Tom Hanks gets a ride on the radio box of an LAPD KZP). I've seen Wings that looked like the storage was full of wet sand, but were stable on the road.

The most important numbers are the TIRE weight ratings. NEVER exceed them.
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With all that said....Who has ever weighed the contents of their trunk or saddlebags??? Never even occured to me. Nor have I noticed any handling problems due to weight. Lol.
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I have been very impressed with how well the GoldWing handles weight. I frequently use my 1500 for grocery duty and at first I was concerned about adverse handling when loaded, but even with in excess of 40 pounds in the top box, I can barely tell it's there. Not that I would take long trips like that, but for local use it has been no problem. Securing loads so they can't move is always important.
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weight limits are put there is cover the manufacturers behind. At one one of the wing Dings I went to, don't remember which one or where it was but there was a scale set up so you could ride on it and see your total weight, probably 90 % were over suggested weight. Just like other things manufacturers put in owners manuals they use worst case situation. Most air filters do not need to be changed at 12,000 or plugs at 8,000 but if you live on a dirt road you need to change the air filter sooner than a person that only rides the paved roads


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