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maximum drivers weight needed before purchase please?

I weigh in at 285lbs. and am thinking about buying a versys. Does anybody out there think the stock suspencion will handle my weight without any modifications?
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I weigh the same as you and have been riding my Versys for around 2 years. You should have no problem.
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Thank you for your quick reply Jehan. Are you able to carry much along with you too?
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The most I've carried with me was a load of groceries that fit inside my Cortech Sport Saddlebags which included 2 gallons of milk If the bags were bigger I'm sure I could carry a lot more.
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I was at the time 280lbs had the E-55 fully loaded as well as the tail bag and full riding gear. no sweat went on a 700 mile trip driving mostly mid 80's and 90's on the speed. never touched the suspension same set up as the day i bought it.

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That should do it Weljo. I Appreciate your input aswell. I'm retiring next year on Febuary 18th,2011. I'Ve been researchinq every kind of motorcycle that I could find on the internet as well as around the Ft. Worth Dallas,Tx. area, as I live in Keller,Tx. I'll keep checking om this site from time to time. I really do appreciate a group like y'all!
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That should do it Weljo. I Appreciate your input aswell. I'm retiring next year on Febuary 18th,2011. I'Ve been researchinq every kind of motorcycle that I could find on the internet as well as around the Ft. Worth Dallas,Tx. area, as I live in Keller,Tx. I'll keep checking om this site from time to time. I really do appreciate a group like y'all!
Good deal. I'm in haslet at sendera ranch. right now i'm in puerto rico till mid october. maybe a ride is in the future. my brothers baby sitting my bike right now so you may see him out and about one day

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Check out Sammy White's Kawi City in Irving. I don't think you will find a local Kawi dealer with better prices. They've been in the same shop since something like '88 and they don't have any salesmen. That gives em a lot of wiggle room on price.

If I recall, the V's useful load is something like 397 lbs.

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I am around 275 and when going on trips I have loaded up the 2 side cases and top box pretty good. No problems.

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275-280 depending on if i have had my morning poop. lol bike is fine doesn't even bother it to pull the front end up with some clutch in seccond.
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I'm about 180lbs naked, but I mostly ride with clothes, my wife is about 125lbs. We've done lots of two up touring with full bags and top box, over high passes etc with no problems, go for it.

Two up over Independence Pass, loaded, no issues, plenty of power and suspension travel-its a bumpy pass!



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I've noticed my rear shock feels more plush when I have my wife on the back. I'm 175 she's 130. So being a little on the heavy side you are actually at an advantage.
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275-280 depending on if i have had my morning poop. lol bike is fine doesn't even bother it to pull the front end up with some clutch in seccond.
Woah Jake, a little too much info! lol
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