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First of all great group here thanks lots of good info. I am trying to get an om for my 97 but till then here gos.

How much weight can I put on my bike?

What tire do you recomend for heavy 2up rideing?

What do you recomend for cleaning and polishing?

sorry I know dumb questions but I never claimed to be bright. thanks
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First of all great group here thanks lots of good info. I am trying to get an om for my 97 but till then here gos.

I'd get a service manual first, but then I can't find an answer to your second question in either of my manuals.

How much weight can I put on my bike?

Someone will correct me if I'm wrong , but seems like I've seen around 475lbs max

What tire do you recomend for heavy 2up rideing?

Stock tires will be fine within the max weight limit for the bike. Be sure the tires and shocks are properly aired up and the shocks set to the highest number. Check the date code on your tires (four digits, first two the week and last two the year of manufacture) and if they are more than a few years old, consider replacing them. Mine were 10-20 years old and looked great. Go by the age, not appearance!

What do you recomend for cleaning and polishing?

I use car wash soap and water and Mother's metal polish for the metallic shiny parts. Wash and polish questions are like asking what brand oil to use; everyone has their own favorites.

sorry I know dumb questions but I never claimed to be bright. thanks
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i have a service manual but could not find the weight answer in ther i was hopeing it was in the om
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I have stock Bridgestone tires. Front tire states Max Load 507 pounds at 41 psi. Rear tire states Max Load 827 pounds at 42 psi. I routinely set both tires to 32 psi, so I assume that means there is a slightly lower max load on both of them. I would think the bike itself can withstand much higher weight loads than the tires, so I believe the tire weight load is the limiting factor. Exceed it and you risk having a blow-out.

The rear tire takes the brunt of the weight load, and I doubt any of us will put over 800 pounds on the bike over the rear tire, even riding 2-up. The front tire mostly holds the weight of the front of the bike and any weight distributed over the front tire from the driver, which is minimal.

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right from the clymers manual:
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Max Recommended Load 180 kg (397 lb.)
that is not counting the weight of the bike which is
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Curb Weight 236 kg (520 lb.) (US) , 236.5 kg (522 lb.)
so that totals 917 lb
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Thanks guys I'm going to try air in shocks i don't have hand pump but do have a good regulator in my compresor so we'll see, also on a side note any one have opinions on sadleman seats?
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BTW, I don't recommend using a compressor to inflate your shocks, even if the regulator is very good. It only takes a tiny bit of air to inflate the rear shocks and too much can seriously blow them out.

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BTW, I don't recommend using a compressor to inflate your shocks, even if the regulator is very good. It only takes a tiny bit of air to inflate the rear shocks and too much can seriously blow them out.
^YES!!! You're better off buying a hand pump; they aren't that expensive. Certainly nowhere near what replacing a blown out shock would be!

Pump it several times and check the pressure. Then check it again without pumping any more air in. Notice how much it drops just by the amount of air it takes to operate the gauge? If you want to add say, 20 lbs of air, count the number of pumps it takes to get you there FROM AN EMPTY SHOCK. Always start with an empty shock so you have a known starting point.

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