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post #1 of 4 Old 09-30-2008, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can I change max load on a 919?

is there a way through changing fork springs/oil or rear shock that I can increase the max load of a honda 919? I'd like to have the capability of one day using it as a light tourer, but loaded and two-up. But I'd like to know if it can't be done so I can start saving for a bike that HAS a bigger max load.

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Alexi, I'd first look at the space alotment you have on your 919 before exploring the capacity issue. You may find it to be uncomfortably cramped when fully loaded. You might do cardboard mockups of the actual set up you are thinking of and then add passenger.

I'm gonna say that one of the most important considerations is to not overload the seating section. It is triangular so it has that inherent strength, but it is engineered for lightness and has that damn weight limitation built in.
This area might be subject to gussetting and welding.

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Thanks for the suggestion bigdaa. Side question . . . what's the best way to avoid overloading the tail section? My original plan is to have a medium sized tankbag, a givi trunk, and if I need more storage with/without a passenger, some soft saddlebags. Also, my passenger would be pretty light. About 125 lbs. Since you obviously know a hell of a lot more than I do about these situations (I'm reading your post saying to myself, "gussetting?!?!?!"), you think that'd be a good plan?

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Thanks for the suggestion bigdaa. Side question . . . what's the best way to avoid overloading the tail section? My original plan is to have a medium sized tankbag, a givi trunk, and if I need more storage with/without a passenger, some soft saddlebags. Also, my passenger would be pretty light. About 125 lbs. Since you obviously know a hell of a lot more than I do about these situations (I'm reading your post saying to myself, "gussetting?!?!?!"), you think that'd be a good plan?

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Well, unless you have the connections to a fabricator and a welding guy, gusseting will be out of the picture here. As far as overloading: you can alleviate some of the load by placing it on the gas tank. strapping it such that it is little trouble to remove is very important. Some of the higher volume stuff can go up there. Stuff that won't jab you while your body surrounds it and arms reach over it. Look to setting yourself up with a quick release latch system that anchors below the tank and protrudes out from below it enough to make the connections, but not enough to be a bother when the tank is not loaded.
You know that if you travel in cooler months, this setup will just cozy your chest up real nice. Keeps the man parts nice and toasty too. Summer? well, could get uncomfortable.

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