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Old 03-17-2013, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone testify as to what the weight/load limit is for the 300? I'm at a tossup to deciding whether to get the ninja 300 or the 650 because the girlfriend has expressed interest in riding two-up occasionally. We're both large framed, I'm 6'2" 250lbs and she's 6' 225lbs, and I'm not quite sure if the 300 will be able to handle it. One other thing that will help though is we're both actively dropping some weight, I've made the deal with her that I can't get the bike until I'm down to 225lbs, still curious though.
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Sorry to say it, but both of you together are going to be too much for the bike. Max load is 397 lbs. The 650's weight limit is 400 lbs. My cruiser which is an 1100cc has a max load of 441 lbs. At almost 500 lbs the both of you together, would tax almost any bike suspension out there. That's not even including the added weight from gear. It would be easier to have her get her own bike and learn to ride herself. That way she can ride with you wherever you go and wont have to worry about overloading the tires and suspension. It's good to hear that both of you are trying to lose weight together. Keep at it and soon you'll both be able to ride 2 up.
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Thanks, had a feeling that was the answer, just one more reason my target weight is 200! Gotta get motivated, I really want to ride darnit
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You can ride anything you want solo at the moment. It may give you that extra kick in the pants to keep you motivated. Just keep in mind though, proper weight loss takes time. If you or your female companion lose a large amount of weight in a really short amount of time, go see a doctor. Both of you should be working with a doctor to ensure your diets and exercise routines are safe. Sudden, massive weight loss puts a lot of strain on the heart and other organs and can kill you if you aren't careful.

I would still suggest you get her to try and ride too. She'll find it much more enjoyable to have things in her own control and do what she wants to, while still keeping close and doing things with you. Good luck and keep us posted on how things are going.
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My 64 year old grandmother weighs 430lbs and she took my 300 10 miles up and down the freeway at around 80mph no problem. So there is that.
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That weight limit was established by the engineers for safe operation of the motorcycle. It's a combination of steering and control, suspension, and tire limitations. Going above the max load could really throw off your handling, damage your suspension, or cause a tire to explode or the bead to break when you hit a pothole. You should never operate any vehicle above it's established load limits.
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FreeLancer is right: 2013 Ninja 300 = 397 lbs. 2012 Ninja 650 = 441 lbs. The 650 has another 82 lbs. of "curb mass" to begin with, so even though there is a performance gain, load carrying capacity doesn't increase much: a whopping 44 lbs. is all. May as well give curb weights listed: 379 & 461 lbs. The 650 is a bit portly in comparison (gixxer's are like 410 lbs for a 600 / 750, that's kinda light).

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The funny thing is though the higher the performance of the bike, the lower the load weight it's designed to handle. The higher performance sport bikes become much more sensitive to changes in it's CG(center of gravity) and the higher performance tires are designed on a lower weight limit for maximum performance and not strength to carry a higher load. Same with the higher grade suspensions. They are much more sensitive loads and shifting of those loads.
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