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Panniers Weight Limits
« on: December 29, 2013, 05:20:58 PM »
The good book says to limit the cargo in each side to 10kgs (22lbs). (pg85) Does anyone have a thought on how they might have come to this number? Just wondering cause I have enough gear to put 30Lbs into each one. I'm thinking that if each side is equal in weight it should be ok. Predicting the forthcoming reply,  :002: any recommendations and a good  waterproof cargo bag?

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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 05:44:27 PM »
You would think that they had carried out various load testing scenarios to see the effect it has on Handling,
and security of the mounting points etc, to ensure everything stays safe and secure  :084:

I found it a bit surprising that the Top Box is limted to 10 Kg too,
even though it's bigger - maybe something to do with C of G ?

You can get another 3 Kg in the Tank Bag if you have one,  plus 1.5 Kg in the Glove box,
and a further measly 500 grammes in the under seat storage box,
making a Grand total of 35 Kg !

BUT - Don't forget the warning :

Never exceed the Maximum Vehicle
Loading Weight of 239 kg (526 lb).
This maximum loading weight is made up
from the combined weight of the rider,
passenger, any accessories fitted and any
load carried.



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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013, 06:14:00 PM »
I was told by a bmw engineer that the weight limit was more for stability that what the bike or panniers could carry ,if you put more weight in he said you would be a test pilot .
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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 09:56:34 PM »
I was thinking those engineers might have done those testing scenarios with much heavier masses, finally arriving at 22 lbs for absolutely no chance of having to repair something under warranty. All the same,,, don't want to be a test pilot either. Love my bike__in one piece.

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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 11:23:12 PM »
My personal, unverified by any verifiable source, is that those limits are mostly for liability reasons.. That is, legal feels that there is no chance of anything bad happening at those limits.

I load what I need, and try to keep things as light as possible... 
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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2013, 01:14:52 AM »
*Originally Posted by Coconut [+]
I found it a bit surprising that the Top Box is limted to 10 Kg too,
even though it's bigger - maybe something to do with C of G ?
It most likely has to do with the distance behind the rear axle. The safest place to overload is between the axles, such as where the tank bag and we are located.

I am surprised they don't reduce the weight limit for the top box, as it's the least safe area to overload. Too much weight there can even give less traction to the front wheel.

I think of the top box as a place for large, but light items. But when parked, you can put in more weight as long as it's removed while riding. IOW, I might store my helmet and jacket and other stuff in the top box while  at a restaurant  or whatever.

BTW, it seems they all have a 22 lbs limit. My 84 Venture and my BMW bags too say don't go over 22 lbs/10 KG. With both the top box and bags. But I would be more willing to slightly overload the "side boxes"  than the top box at least if both sides are loaded equal.

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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 11:37:50 PM »
Well not sure how much more than 10kg u can stuff in each pannier ... Unless ur transporting gold bars ? Have been on a  few trips , pack light if ya need it buy it !
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Re: Panniers Weight Limits
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2014, 09:21:15 AM »
We fill ours with clothes when we go touring and it doesn't come anywhere near the 10k limit.
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