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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Two up weight limit

Hi, I am thinking seriously about buying a wing in the next couple months. I am a pretty big guy. My wife isn't all that "small". My question is what is the weight limit for rider and passenger ? I know the owners manual will say one thing. But what can it really handle ? We will be over 500 pounds with the two of us and gear. Will the bike handle that? And would it be better to get the new model ...2018 ,2019 ? or 2017 and older ? Thanks !
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2017 and older. Why ? It's a bulkier bike all around.

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Although I do not know the exact limits I can tell you that mostly everyone who tours will exceed the labeled limits at some point. The greater percentage of hard traveling tourers can sometimes resemble the Beverly Hillbillies (ourselves included).


What I would suggest is to sit you and your wife on several different Wings and find the one that best suits you. Take some for rides and enjoy the search.
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I agree with the ole Fossil above.....but I would also consider (flame suit on) running a car tire on the rear for more weight capacity.

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I agree with the ole Fossil above.....but I would also consider (flame suit on) running a car tire on the rear for more weight capacity.
I agree 120%, and not just because l ride on one.

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I agree with the ole Fossil above.....but I would also consider (flame suit on) running a car tire on the rear for more weight capacity.
That would be my recommendation also. I don't ride a car tire, but a few people I know are also in your weight category and the only trouble they have is the rear tire wearing out quickly. A car tire will last you longer and if you go the "no flat" way it will help. I like my 2010, but like Fossil suggested, try a few different models out and see what works for you.

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Oh, and another thing to consider.....the 2018 and up models have a smaller passenger area.....

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The 1500's have more leg room and passenger room
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Welcome from the northern tier of PA. Good advice from the other members. Get the one that sings to you. Enjoy the forum and ride safe.

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I don't think the tire is the only issue. Weight capacity is also determined by all the combines suspension parts to include swing arm, etc. It also includes the amount of braking power. I'll give an example. I had a Chevy 1500 1/2 ton pick up with standard cab and bed. I wanted to put a slide in camper on it and did so. But, I first checked out the maximum the truck could handle and what the camper was to way. I bought the camper and went to a truck weigh station to check to see if the rear and front axles were not overloaded. I was max on the rear. So, I took the truck to a shop to add a leaf spring to each side of the rear. I also added tires to match a Chevy 2500 3/4 ton pick up. The company who put the extra leaf springs in said, I now had a 3/4 ton pickup. But what I did not upgrade was the brakes and front suspension parts. With the camper on the truck, everything looked just fine. But my stopping distance at particular speeds had increased, and brakes would get hotter. Point, don't just consider a car tire to solve all the issues. And to let everyone know, I ran a car tire on a Suzuki Burgman 650A that I put an auto style cruise control on. It never wore out but also did not corner quite the same but was safe enough.

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