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DRZ 400 S Weight limit

I just got a DRZ 400 S. I weigh about 230 lbs and plan on adding a few pounds in camping gear etc. Anyone know what maximum weight the shocks are adjustable for? Any ifo would be appreciated. Thanks. Also anyone travelling through Northern California/Southern Oregon let me know. I know several free camping areas throughout the northern half of the state as well as an hundreds of great ridings ranging from paved to goat trails.
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I have that info at home in teh manual. I'll post it later.

The s model does come with stiffer springs than the dirt versions to carry the extra street gear. I have installed stiffer springs on a customers bike and he liked it very well.

I'll post gross limits from the factory later

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I was mistaken. I have been reading over the manual at night and must have dreamed it. lol I didn't find that info in the manual.
Which was odd, being street legal I assumed they had to list gross vehicle weight limits. Could still be there and couldn't find it.

I would assume , and this is assumtion, even being a large rider. The bike should carry any reasonable amount of equipment that still allows the bike to handle properly. The limiting factor I believe will be a point when theres too much weight and casues dangerous handling. This would happen before you could comfortably ride the bike over loaded and break it.

The bike is rated to carry two passengers. So if you think its a 175 and 135 pound person thats a combined 310 lbs (approx 150 kilos ) and thats conservative. I've ridden two people. While the weight is not distributed well with carrying a passenger, its pretty easily handled.
So if you figure solo riding with a well distributed load, you could pack some stuff.


Which brings me around to a great point why I think this bike is good for long travel. I stayed off the bike for a long time becasue it looked too big and heavy.
I'm 5'10 and have trouble always touching the ground on it. BUt, I finally rode one. I couldn't believe it. This big heavy bike handled, well great. I was throwing it around and railing berms. I then started thinking how could this be. It weights so much, or seems so. Well, I think it is becasue its a big bike. NOt a small bike thast too heavy. While the 400 has weight its well ditributed around the bike.
So I figured, it has some weight to it and is a stable handling bike. This means it should take a load well and cover pretty nasty terrain well and have enough girth to not get blown around too bad at speed.

I'll keep an eye out for those stats and if I find I'll surely post it.

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Found it,

After much looking I called Suzuki and they said the gross weight not to exceed 740 lbs. That includes the bike that weighs about 290... call it 300, so that leaves about 440 lbs of crap.... err I mean stuff I can put on including me. Todd Thanks for your assistance and if your ever in Northern CA look me up. We have some of the best rides in the world here.

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That was good thinking. I'll note that in my book.

291 is the factory weight but, thats actually already a pretty high estimate. Theres a few heavy things to remove that drops a few pounds. So you can pretty much figure 290 lbs. BUt of course racks and things to actually carry gear will again add the weight back.

BUt, thats a pretty high limit. Even at 220 you could pack a couple hundred pounds of gear. I hope you can fit it.

Still, I wouldn't expected the greatest handling even with 100 lbs of their limit.

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