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post #1 of 21 Old 03-20-2016, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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For hauling purposes, I need to know what the weight distribution, front -vs-rear is on the Gen2 KLR650. I found one hit in the searches where a guy came up with Front-45% and Rear 55% on a GenI with an empty fuel tank using a bathroom scale. Has anyone ever seen these numbers anywhere?



I have a few other gizzmos that will come into play, but I can figure all that out later. Thanks in advance.
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For hauling purposes, I need to know what the weight distribution, front -vs-rear is on the Gen2 KLR650. I found one hit in the searches where a guy came up with Front-45% and Rear 55% on a GenI with an empty fuel tank using a bathroom scale. Has anyone ever seen these numbers anywhere?



I have a few other gizzmos that will come into play, but I can figure all that out later. Thanks in advance.

I split it half and half front to rear but it's easy to overload the rear rack and break it.

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Hmmm...interesting...??? Personally I load my bike with as much crap that I need to get me to and back from any adventure I'm doing at that specific time. Now IF that requires me to build outriggers to hold even more stuff like a second set of tires without them pushing into my back while riding then yes the outriggers are in place....I lso load the tank via a heafthy sized tank bag, attach side bags to the crash bars to their capacity. I once even attached more crap to the front fender but after seeing it flex onto the tire while riding that was halted. I load the bike up as best I can and only to the limits of my safe riding capabilities.....do I worry about centering that weight yes to a point........as anyone should, but to use bathroom scales to see how much i have loaded down the old girl...DAMN!!! That would be just plain CRUEL!!! Don't ya think.....lol.
But yes you must load it as best you can for safety reasons....too much forward weight effects the steering in a very negative way off road and could overload the steering mechanism in general, forks, etc.....and same goes obviously for the rear...not enough weight oon the front while on the street is almost lethal especially at speed. Then you get into what happens when you drop the bike? Yes you will sooner or later if only while trying to get back aboard after refueling....yes done it half a dozen times that come to mind while I type, off road a few, never yet on the road.....sorry yes once on the Dempster towing my fully loaded single wheeled trailer, so does that count as two at once? Anyway it popped my back lifting that back up in a panic....thick fog and 4" of black slimey mud in the rain.....waiting for the string of tractor trailers coming to run me over....so yes think about when you need to lift her back on the rubber....will you be able to do it? Because you have to! You can't rely on a friendly stranger to help, they may never show up...?

So yes, it's important in more ways than you may think, besides snapping the frame in half...lol

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Great, thanks!

So that's right at 45%/55%, F/R.

Front and rear bars, bash plate and I'm at 47/53.
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That weight shouldn't be with an empty tank as you hardly never have your tank empty....and that weight should always be added to find the centre no???

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I would suggest going with a half tank of gas and you on the seat dressed with your riding gear.
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I'm actually working on hauling the motorcycle, not hauling stuff on the motorcycle, using a hitch receiver based carrier. The carrier I have has is a 600 pound capacity with an adjustable front wheel chock that I can use to move the bike either way on the carrier and get it as centered as possible over a Class III hitch. The "bathroom scale" approach is good enough for that. Now I know that the weight is fairly closely distributed. This is still work in process.
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I'm actually working on hauling the motorcycle, not hauling stuff on the motorcycle, using a hitch receiver based carrier. The carrier I have has is a 600 pound capacity with an adjustable front wheel chock that I can use to move the bike either way on the carrier and get it as centered as possible over a Class III hitch. The "bathroom scale" approach is good enough for that. Now I know that the weight is fairly closely distributed. This is still work in process.
Sorry, I misunderstood the question, my bad.
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Well that makes perfect sense then doesn't it...lol.

I wasn't sure why you asked and gave the typical comic typoe answer....doh!

My only issue with those carriers is the forces applied to the hitch system as you go over, down a sharp dip in the road where the weight of the bike is elevated and suddenly drops onto the load capabilities of the hitch....if you understand my explanation...? Sure the weight limit of the carrier is enough, but what is the toungue max down weight on the hitch and hitch attackment points. Then you get into the vehicles own suspension capabilities.....I used to carry my old Elsinor 250 way way back on a similar hitch. Albeit it was all home made and dangerously attached to the rear of my vehicle, which again wasn't designed to carry the load I asked it to. Final sentence of the story is, it split the car in two arond the trunk seems and the bike ended up dragging behind me on the highway doing 70mph!!! My stupidity when very very young...that is why I question thee carriers.
When you get into the actual mathmatics of forces etc it is surprising how much force is actually applied in these situations. I have long forgotten how to do such problems.....

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