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Anyone carrying heavy load (20-25lbs) on their rear rack? I'm a commercial photographer and looking to carry one of my location bags in a Givi E55 Maxia. With the case itself weighing around 10lbs, I think I'd be at around 25lbs on some trips. Have you run into any issues with similar setup & weight (being that the rack itself is rated at 21 lbs, but also in controlling the bike)?

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a general reaction - when I approach weights of cargo on rear carriers that give some concern or question, I make sure I use a tank bag to carry other cargo to move mass forward. I like having a good amount of weight on the front tire.

..got into this habit with a previous bike that had a nice center stand....when the side cases and trunk were fully loaded, the parked bike would tilt back, lifting the front wheel off the ground. I thought it was trying to tell me something. I wonder if some of the Versys machines around might also lean back when fully loaded if they had center stands. No harm done, but it looks strange.

I guess the main idea is that there are ways of manipulating the forward/aft weight distribution on a cargo-carrying bike that can put your mind and bike at ease.


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Anyone carrying heavy load (20-25lbs) on their rear rack?
I would have no problems going to the store and hauling five 5 pound bags of sugar in the topcase. 25 pounds is not enough to make the front stupid light. My wife is a photographer as well and I have carried her and her gear with no issues (topcase only).

I have however noticed that hauling an adult passenger while they are leaning back on the topcase is easier to get the front light or wheelie if you really nail it.
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That's what I thought, but good to hear from your experience. Did your wife run into any equipment damage due to vibrations? Did you use anything to pad the case interior? I thought about mounting one of my Pelicans, but it looks ugly.


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That's what I thought, but good to hear from your experience. Did your wife run into any equipment damage due to vibrations? Did you use anything to pad the case interior? I thought about mounting one of my Pelicans, but it looks ugly.


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Camera and lenses in padded bag. Loosely layered the case with a thick blanket (clean pet size blanket) kinda looked like a birds nest. Vibes have never hurt her equipment to date..
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extra weight near the rear depending where/how it is carried does affect the bikes balance and handling differently.

consider, or at least think about if you have the capability to carry the weight in sidebags, and low in the bottom of the sidebags.

weight in sidebags...you will eventually get used to it, and the extra feelings will nearly go away.

weight on the rear rack top-loaded will always cause a heavy, decreased maneuverability feeling. It will affect any emergency handling input significantly, and that heavy slow you down top overloaded feeling will never go away.

yes, some of us have ridden all over the place, with some even riding around the world pack to the gills. But prolly if you asked, most would say even weighted side bags are always preferred to only stacking it high or heavy on the top rack.

....just something to think about
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I've had an E-55 since early 2010 and i've loaded it to the gills and it has no effect what so ever on the handling. The Versys make a good pack mule....


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Weljo, by what magic is that loaded up bike of yours able to stand up in the sand???

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I concur with Weljo... I have no problems with my bike fully loaded up.


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Weljo, by what magic is that loaded up bike of yours able to stand up in the sand???

Its not the bike. Its the guy riding it. The magic would be a MotoWerks Flatfoot

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Thanks guys. This is very helpful.


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Yeah: still handles like a dream after all my mods....




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Anyone carrying heavy load (20-25lbs) on their rear rack? I'm a commercial photographer and looking to carry one of my location bags in a Givi E55 Maxia. With the case itself weighing around 10lbs, I think I'd be at around 25lbs on some trips. Have you run into any issues with similar setup & weight (being that the rack itself is rated at 21 lbs, but also in controlling the bike)?

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Whenever I go for an adventure I carry a bag w/ tent, sleeping bag and mat, stove, etc on my rack. (Probably OVER 25 pounds....) No problems so far, and I'll start a 10,000 km ride on June 14th loaded as in this pic I took yesterday of the GREEN HORNET in front of Castle Mountain, Banff Nat'l Park, Alberta.

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hey weljo......looking closely at your rear wheel, it looks as if it is actually up in the air, not touching the ground at all!

That means your V is balancing it's load on 2 points of contact.
BUT what I am wondering is, IF THOSE PACKS ARE LOADED & FULL,
would not the rear end be heavier than the front???
.......hmmm, must be the helium in the rear tire
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