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Motor cycle carrying capacity

Discussion in 'Coffee Shop' started by andyBeaker, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    whats the biggest/daftest load you have carried on a motorbike?

    I have two contenders;

    - on the way to a residential course in The Cotswolds on a BMW f650....- fairly large hard suitcase, two suits in a suit carrier and a large rucksack containing a bike cover. Going wasn't too bad, in fact it was great as I was able to filter through a monster jam on the M25. Coming back wasn't so good....it was snowing when I left......and all without a satnav
    - can't remember exactly how many, around 10 bottles of champagne in bin liners strapped on the back of a Bird with bungees. Well, it had been paid for.....
  2. Malone

    Malone Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Was a passenger on a T100 (mid sixties, a proper one) and I’d managed to blag a 5 gallon fibreglass tank and a seat unit to suit my TriBSA I was building. I was given a lift home about 15 miles of sheer terror as I couldn't brace myself, or hold on and the footrests would try to swivel under me.
  3. Me!

    Me! Utterly retired Club Sponsor

    A scaffolding plank to the tip on a Cub 90
  4. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    A girl who screamed every time I leant the bike over and tried to get the bike upright again by leaning the wrong way. :eek:
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  5. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    Not so much capacity.....
    I made a panier for a Triumph 3TA - bathtub - with plywood in 1968. I can't imagine what it looked like.

    May have told already.
    I took it off for a while.
    After putting it back on, going in the gate I forgot it was back on - firewood!

    Friend told me he forgot he had taken off sidecar. In the middle of the job he needed a quick trip to the shop. When he stopped at the traffic lights........very embarrassed.
  6. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    A bergen full of Chinese takeaway orders.
    God knows what plod/ambulance crew would've made of it if I'd crashed.....
  7. johnboy

    johnboy rather fond of a cream bun Club Sponsor

    Honda CG125, Hampshire to London and back, the return journey two Dunlop slicks for the race bike.
  8. Minkey

    Minkey Ok it was me Club Sponsor

    I remember Malc telling me he transported 2 crates on Newcastle Brown on the back of his bike
  9. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    Man who had his priorities right :Saeufer:
  10. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    Back in the early 80's an oppo of mine used to ride a Yamaha 100 from Aldershot to Newcastle most weekends to visit his girlfriend. He always took a full bergen of clothes,etc. and I doubt it ever got above 45 mph.

    Mad as the proverbial box of amphibians.
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  11. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    On a Garelli step through moped, went from Wakefield to Leeds with my fishing box over one shoulder & rod bag over the other.
  12. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    Two spring to mind. not so long ago a pair of bandit wheels complete with discs & tyres + a GS850 bottom end about 115 miles from Liverpool to the midlands on my old rat RF900............. no bother :D

    Many years ago a large hard suitcase from the train station in town on a single seat chop, balanced on the tank/my knees & as slippery as an eel, I must have picked that bugger up out of the road 5 times in the 2 miles home :oops:
  13. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member Moderator

    At Rovereto motorad in Italy there used to arrive a Simpson 50 ... from Poland.. with all the camping gear etc to last a week
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  14. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    Whatever we have carried on our bikes we cannot match the taxi riders in the Dom Rep, on one Honda 90 cub there was the rider & four passengers, on another the passenger was a nursing mother sitting side saddle whilst feeding her baby.
  15. Vinterceptor

    Vinterceptor Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Looks like we've been watching old episodes of Top Gear:D

    For me it was on a 250 Super Dream a big shop at Asda loaded into panniers top box and tank bag also had the missus on the back carrying an ironing board
  16. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    Does 6 on an xs250 from one village to the next because we knew we could get a lock in at the boot inn come close?
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  17. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    Not when you take into consideration the state of the roads in the Dom Rep.
  18. ianrobbo1

    ianrobbo1 good looking AND modest Club Sponsor

    A dining room chair, when I was a courier in the smoke, the company I was riding for should have sent a van, well it was a fair old price and I'm a tight git, so on the back, it went, :rolleyes: AND I got a tip for not damaging it as well as being on time. I've had a few other weird and wonderful things on board whilst doing that job.:D
  19. Quiney

    Quiney Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    We once organised a teddy bears picnic for BIRD. Limited it to 20 people.
    In a 52l top box and two 42l side boxes we carried a full picnic for everyone. (I was riding 2 up as well)
    On arrival at the picnic site the ride leader offered to help carry the panniers, he could hardly lift the top box! It had the drinks in it.
  20. ianrobbo1

    ianrobbo1 good looking AND modest Club Sponsor

    PHAH!! I never got invited!!:confused::(

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