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I cannot find it anywhere on the site, my Kawa manual states that the dry weight is 483#...

Does anybody know the maximum payload weight?

What is this "maximum hauling capacity" actually called?

Thanks in advance! :beerchug:
 

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I cannot find it anywhere on the site, my Kawa manual states that the dry weight is 483#...

Does anybody know the maximum payload weight?

What is this "maximum hauling capacity" actually called?

Thanks in advance! :beerchug:
918 lbs is the GVW Gross Vehicle Weight.:beerchug:
 

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should be on either the sticker on the neck or on the one on the swingarm....
 

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I'm trying to find out the rated weights of the bike, and the recommended SAFE weight limit for payload. It would be nice to have SOURCES for the following info as well:

1. GVWR - Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (Bike + Fluids + Passengers + Gear)

2. Dry Weight (Bike; No Fluids, Passengers or Gear)

3. Curb Weight (Bike + Fluids; No Passengers or Gear)

4. GPLR - Gross Pay Load Rating (Passengers + Gear)


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According to my "Kawa Motorcycle Service Manual", the:

1. Dry Weight = 483 lb

2. Curb Weight = 238 lb (front) + 282 lb (rear) = 530 lb

For some unexplained reason, there is no listing for a GVWR or GPLR

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And on the bike itself, GVWR: 918 lb. acording to the sticker on the neck, on the swing arm there is a sticker listing the recommended tire pressures, either for a "load" of 215 lb, or a load of 397 lb. That makes it sound like Kawa is rating the bike for a Payload of up to 397 lb maximum.

My "Clymer VN750 Service Manual" gives a similar chart, saying that some models can be loaded up to 397 lb, and some up to 406 lb.

Sounds like I may have one of the 397 lb max. GPLR models.

Just need clarification of what the Gross Payload Weight Rating amount actually is (GPLR)
Is it the 918# LESS the 530# = 388 lbs. If so it does not agree with the book chart nor the sticker chart.(397#)

Any help to clarify this will be greatly appreciated!:beerchug:
 

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Attached is from the VN750 PDF Service Manual. It shows the tire pressure for different weight ranges, with a max of 406 lbs. Don't know if this is the max payload but...
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You know this bothered me since curb weight was around 530 and I am around 298 to 300 until I realized I had removed 50to 60 lbs from my bike ,does this mean I can eat more and not carry passengers or lose some weight and carry one.Never mind I'll just eat what I want,steaks don't whine,Denny
 

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Per the charts, some models can take a load up to 406 lb, while some can only go up to 397 lb. The 397 lb model includes the US, Canada, Australia, and S. Africa models. Apparently most other countries are allowed the 406 lb payload models.

My guess is that the 397 lb models include extra (heavier) exhaust emissions equipment, which reduces the available payload capacity from 406 lbs. to 397 lbs.

Not much difference between the listed Load of 397 lb and my calculated GPLR of 388 lb. But still, why is there a discrepancy?

Either way, if usable payload is only 388 or 397 lb, denny will be right. It doesn't sound like he can haul himself and an extra 100 lbs. and stay within Kawa recommended safety weight limits.
 

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Per the charts, some models can take a load up to 406 lb, while some can only go up to 397 lb. The 397 lb model includes the US, Canada, Australia, and S. Africa models. Apparently most other countries get the 406 lb payload variant.

My guess is that the 397 lb models include extra (heavier) exhaust emissions equipment, which reduces the available payload capacity to 397 lbs.

Not much difference between the listed Load of 397 lb and my calculated GPLR of 388 lb. But still, why is there a discrepancy?

Either way, 388 or 397 lb, denny is right. It doesn't sound like he can haul himself and an extra 100 lbs. and stay within safety weight limits.
I guess he will have to remove the GB and other emission crap or ditch the steak and go with salad. LOL :smiley_th
 

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Lance you didn't think I got to 300 by grazing on salads didja?I have already put the bike on a diet, no goats belly,no fender struts ,no sissy bar, aftermarket tail light,cut down seat and thinking about chucking the center stand,I know it is handy but you have to get your priorities in order,meat or weeds for supper not too hard to decide there .I am not over weight ,I am under tall,Denny
 

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Lance you didn't think I got to 300 by grazing on salads didja?I have already put the bike on a diet, no goats belly,no fender struts ,no sissy bar, aftermarket tail light,cut down seat and thinking about chucking the center stand,I know it is handy but you have to get your priorities in order,meat or weeds for supper not too hard to decide there .I am not over weight ,I am under tall,Denny
I just tell people I'm verticaly challenged!! LOL :rockon:
 

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denny.... im using that quote in my signature if you dont mind... as another 300+ man i know what your talking about.... steak over grass anyday!!
 

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go for it
 

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Lance you didn't think I got to 300 by grazing on salads didja?I have already put the bike on a diet, no goats belly,no fender struts ,no sissy bar, aftermarket tail light,cut down seat and thinking about chucking the center stand,I know it is handy but you have to get your priorities in order,meat or weeds for supper not too hard to decide there .I am not over weight ,I am under tall,Denny
Right on denny and bigrep, according to the BMI (body mass index), all of us in that #300 range should be over 7 feet tall I think.

As for the GVWR of #918 for the scoot and load, or the max weight carried allowed, I think some of you are splitting hairs. I see numbers quoted from #388- #406. There is not a magical cut-off line where the weight goes from safe to deadly.

I made one 30 mile trip with a passenger, where our combined weight was over #500 and the gross weight would have been in excess of #1040. Was it a smart thing to do? No, probably not. It was not comfortable for either one of us, and I will not do it again. However the suspension did not bottom out under us, the tires didn`t blow either. I was more cautious on that ride, with the over weight load, but did not feel in any particular danger. Acceleration was slower, but I had no trouble maintaining 65 mph on the highway. We did however draw some incredulous looks from folks in town, seeing two people, that large, on a 750.

So IMHO if you say that the maximum load on the vn750 is #400 give or take #20, you`re in the neighborhood, and the neighborhood is close enough.:)
 

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Any of you fellow big ole boy's got an extra riding jacket for sale 3X sized do ya?
 

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3x???? hahaha i ended up having to buy a 5 x and making due cuz all of the 3x that i found were too small in the chest...
 

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I cannot find it anywhere on the site, my Kawa manual states that the dry weight is 483#...

Does anybody know the maximum payload weight?

What is this "maximum hauling capacity" actually called?

Thanks in advance! :beerchug:
Here's a load out list and if you can keep it below this you should be alright...http://www.cdthayer.com/cruiserlist.htm
 

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Lmao you guys are funny! My wife ,and I = about 450 lbs. Most of it is me (285lbs). Bike seems to handle and ride just fine,and yes i like steak too. Grass isnt food, grass is what food eats!!!
 

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Any of you fellow big ole boy's got an extra riding jacket for sale 3X sized do ya?
Not me, but I did notice a 50% off sale at the Kawa shop here in Tullahoma, and everything I would have wanted was XS or XXXL, none my size, maybe you should check out the spring cleanout sales at a cycle shop, might find a bargain...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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I think the reason in payload capacity might be because of the tires used in those other countries. cuz the manual for my 2000 when you read about the tires it says we get the crap that we get. but europa gets the Metzeler ME880 as the stock tire. now if that is true the Metzeler has a higher load capacity.
 
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