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post #1 of 9 Old 08-12-2019, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question SaddleBags Max Speed

So my saddlebags come with a warning of "max speed 130kmph". Is this one of those recommendations like the gearing shifting speeds in the manual or does hte bike get a little unstable with the bags at higher speeds?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-12-2019, 11:43 AM
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I have seen this as well. I rode a long trip through the desert here in Mexico (California) faster than that with significantly more weight than recommended without issue.
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It's a good safe recommended max speed and I doubt anything could go wrong there.
I felt comfortable and have ran hours in the barely triple digits and 147 was my max. Had a slight quartering to wind which buffeted the bike pretty good though, but nothing that couldn't be handled.
Something else you may have already experienced is weight shifting if not pack properly. I took some tools with me one and when they leaned over one way or the other it could be felt.
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The stock bike does not have a steering damper so what they are telling you is they found issues, with loaded bags, above those speeds.

You might not have issues, but that warning says its possible. A steering damper is cheap insurance. Having a place where you can do speeds like this is a gift. Why chance messing this up because you dont have the proper equipment?
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Friend of mine said that his bike felt unstable somewhere just north of 125mph with the hard bags attached. Aero drag seemed to be the issue.
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Its hard to predict motorcycle instability. I remember helping a forum member with his suspension. All was great until he disclosed his weight.....265lbs. What then?
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Thanks for the sharing your experiences everyone. I don't plan on using the bags that often....only on a week long trip that i take 2-3 times a year. I'm still braking in the bike so haven't really tested pushing it but was curious on what others have experienced!
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ive been faster than that with the bags fully loaded plus another bag on the back of the seat,it was still ok
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It may be because the bike will be easier to be induced into a tank slapper with that much weight AND drag located in the rear of the bike.

Do this: Lower the windshield all the way down. Sit straight up. Cruise at 100 mph without tucking down. See how long you can hold your head up. LOL! I dare you.
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