02 Victory V92C camping for the first time

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Hey all…

Question…we’re taking my 02 Victory V92C camping for the first time in a couple weeks. I came up with a solution for hauling all our gear, etc. I attached a lockable tote to a metal shelf, extended the rear luggage rack to accommodate the tote and new rack.

My issue and question is with us and the gear we are about 75-80 lbs over weight of the bikes gvwr. We are only going about 85mi before we set up camp and ditch the weight. Should I/we be worried?

Just replaced brakes, and everything else looks good.

02 Victory V92C camping for the first time

02 Victory V92C camping for the first time

02 Victory V92C camping for the first time

02 Victory V92C camping for the first time

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  1. GVWR is akin to the drinking age in Quebec…. it is merely a suggestion. u003Cwinks>

  2. the only time you’ll actually feel the weight, is when you pick up the bike off of it’s side stand

  3. Check the tire weight limits and realize that most of your gear, the riders and the motorcycle is running on that tire.

  4. might make the front wheel pretty light. should just put a set of wheels under that

  5. Installing a hitch and using a trailer removes all of that extra weight off the motorcycle frame and tires.

  6. And, It turns heads

  7. I would love to get a hitch and trailer…$$$ ugh.

  8. could move some weight over the front fender… won’t help with over loading, but spread the weight out some..

  9. I probably would not trust it. However, not far and definitely your call. I’m planning on buying a cot tent soon and plan to put it on the back of my Road King. I ride solo so much easier for me to put the weight further forward.

  10. A couple of things to remember. The official gvrw is going to be lower than the bike can handle to protect the manufacturer. It looks like you are missing 2 prime storage spots. A nice tank bag and a roll on your front forks over your fender. Also can hang a bag where forward controlls would go just watch air flow to your motor. I wouldt worry about an extra 100 pounds as much as i would worry where it is placed. GL.

  11. I myself usually exceed the GVWR of a motorcycle that you have nothing to worry about

  12. And lots of us haul camper trailers that more than exceed as well.. You will want to adjust tire pressure tho

  13. I reckon it could work. Engineer the structure twice a strong as you think you’ll need. Vibrations and bumps on the road can weaken metal. Carry a PILE of bungees in case it fails…

  14. Only issue I see is your top heavy. So be sure to remind the passenger to not be squirming around while stopped. I would take it out a couple times prior to leaving since you are not leaving in a few weeks.

  15. tire pressure, looks like that rack is too lite, ride like you need more time to accelerate and slow/stop, load heavy stuff as low as possible and sure seems like all the advise is real good stuff

  16. I’d think about losing the tote. If waterproof is what your are looking for; the yellow bag on my bike is a boat bag, foot in diameter, up to 3 feet long. Roll down end.

  17. just looking at the bike, why not pack some of the stuff on the saddle bags

  18. Looks a little top & Rear heavy.( if you had to make an evasive move could sent you for a loop )Ditch the box and put your stuff in Dry Bags. Also if you can move some things to the top of your saddle bags.

  19. My wife and I run overloaded on my ultra but the weight is in and on the bags and your pack not extended back

  20. My co worker is a smaller man ( to be nice ) and his girl friend a little bigger with all their stuff in and on top of the tour made his front wheel "light". He has a trailer now, was tired of white knuckling it.

  21. NOthing above the Buttocks should weigh more than 20# otherwise you will be top and rear heavy which detracts from the handling, Load it ad ride around the block. If you are a long time rider you will instantly know what you have. Load and add your rider and ride the block again.

  22. I’d be worried about all that weight bouncing the back rest. I’ve seen them break. Good luck to you.

  23. I got the box because it’s "lockable" as we are stopping at a festival and a couple state parks before we get to our final camping destination. The weight is actually on just the luggage rack, but I was thinking about semi-attaching it to the backrest also to try and evenly distribute the weight between the racks and the back rest to eliminate bouncing. I have also extended the luggage rack with metal
    "L" style bars for strength, the tote doesn’t seem to want to bounce and it is actually very rigid and has very little flex.

    The tote also is seated tightly against the backrest and is held in place with a combo of u-bolts that go through the tote and attach to rack and the shelf itself also has a lip around it that holds the tote pretty securely.

  24. With vibrations and potholes the bars might fracture over time unless braced from the rear down as low as possible bringing that weight closer to the machine

  25. You asked for opinions & I’ve been riding safely for 50 years & several hundred thousand miles, so here’s mine. I wouldn’t travel on your bike with that setup. 1. Still go, just let your wife go in the car & carry the stuff. That way you can still lock it up at your stops. 2. The box & gear are too top heavy & too far back. Your riding an "experimental bike" at this point. Don’t do it. 3. IF you need to swerve to avoid having an accident, that weight & balance your familiar with is gone. Your not riding "your bike", you’re riding the experimental bike. 4. IF it rains, you’re REALLY riding an experimental bike & I personally wouldn’t risk it. 5. We pull a Neosho trailer everywhere we go & have for many thousands of miles. WAIT until you have a trailer before you motorcycle camp. Our Neosho trailer was under $1000. 6. Riding a motorcycle is risky enough without adding weight & height past the rear wheel. An accident will probably cost you a lot more than a new hitch & trailer. It could cost you a life….. Don’t do it!

  26. Exactly, the reason I commented is I had a stock rack on my Airhead R65 and added my own base plate to bolt a large topbox onto after 6 mths of me carrying tools and gear too and from work and rideouts it fractured and I had to have it slugged and welded which caused the other weaker side to fail ending up with just the pannier frames being useable.

    Had I braced it from the rearmost point down diagonally to the latch plates the unsprung weight would have been reduced and saved an expensive stock frame being young and naive I am learning all the time luckily I noticed before it caused an accident

  27. This is a sporty pulling my trailer and I have about 500 bucks in the hole thing

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