|Carrying a lot of baggage|
There were a couple things I wanted to check by doing this; first and most important was to see if all my crap was actually going to fit in my bags and on the bike!! And to that end, I was a little surprised to find that everything fit pretty easily, with a little bit of space to spare. Now, granted, I didn’t load everything in the bags yet… in fact I still don’t actually have every last bit of gear yet. I’m still finalizing that. Also, the front luggage rack isn’t stabilized and ready to be loaded yet. All said, I was probably 10 – 12 lbs shy of my final travel weight. (about 25% light) This was fine, because the second objective was to finally ride the bike loaded down and see how it felt and how it rode! And it was ok if the first trip was a little light.
|I have christened her 'The Beast', as my beast of burden.|
Well, much to my surprise, there was almost no noticeable difference in how the bike handled! Sure, I think if I was slaloming through cones at 25 mph I’d probably notice a difference, but in regular casual riding it felt perfectly, surprisingly, fine!
|Front view, stop staring at her large bags.|
|Rear view. Don't tell her she has a big ass, she's sensitive about that.|