Scooter/Axle Weight Dilema

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  1. GEOFFs125

    GEOFFs125 Read Only Funster

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    Hi all

    My problem is I always deliberate over things, according to my wife, for far too long. So I though I would post on here and see what advice/suggestions were offered.

    I want to take a scooter with us when we are on our travels in our C Class motorhome and at the same time use the scooter for commuting to work, sunny days only:Laughing:

    The choice of sccoter has been made as the Suzuki Burgman. From what I can gather the weight of the scooters obtained from the Suzuki website are as follows:

    Burgman 125 = 159kg Weight on rear, including carrier, is 303kg. Plenty of second hand ones available

    Burgman 200 = 170kg Weight on rear, including carrier, is 322kg. Not many second hand ones available, but a few of the older 250cc versions available.

    Burgman 400 = 215kg Weight on rear, including carrier, is 398kg. Plenty of second hand ones available and cost about the same as the 125cc version

    Now for the weight details of the motor home:
    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating GVWR = 5579kg
    Gross Axle Weight Rating GAWR= Front 1950kg Rear 3901kg

    Took the motor home to a weighbridge with full LPG tanks 1/4 tank petrol and everything loaded that we normally take on journeys except for 2 more adults, clothing for a total of 3 adults and food in the fridge. The recorded weight readings were:

    Gross Vehicle Weight = 4520kg (GVWR 5579kg)
    Gross Front Axle Weight = 1540 kg (GFAWR 1950kg)
    Gross Rear Axle Weight = 2980kg (GRAWR 3901) This leaves a spare capacity of 921kg

    The motor home is fitted with rear Air Lift suspension units and I have just replaced all of the shock absorbers with top of the range Monroe Gas Shock absorbers designed for RV's.

    My decision is not helped by the fact that the 125cc (all be it newer) is around about the same price as the 400cc. Also we are both suffer from a little middle age spread. The wife more that me, hope she is not looking. :Rofl1:

    As for riding the thing, no problems there as I have had a full licence for over 15 years and rode bigger/faster bikes.

    Your thoughts, suggestions, comments and advice as alaways are most welcome and appreciated.

    Geoff
     
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    Small trap warning - front + rear add up to more then total.
    You have an amazing capacity available.
    There is a Burgman and trailer on sale here.
     
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    Brian

    Thanks for your comments. As far as I am aware, its often the case were the Gross Axle Weight Rating total is greater than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, however all three should never be exceeded.

    Geoff
     
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    certainly is normal for the two axle weights to be greater than the gvw. its so you can move the load around . i alike the idea of the scooter/m,bike on the front ,seen it alot in other countries. usually there is not so much leverage as the front wheel is closer to the end of vehicle.
     
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    Makes a lot of sense mechanically, that's for sure.

    Looks, cooling, added drag, cab visibility, damage need thinking through.
     
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    If it's any consolation Geoff I plumped for a Burgman 650 (267kgs) and my rear axle is 1650kgs with a spare load capacity of about 20kg when I am good to go :Sad::Sad::Sad: I'm not sure that I can even fit a towbar.... :cry:
     
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    :BigGrin: Please keep the comments/suggestions coming.

    Autoquest: Not sure I would like to sail that close (20kg) to my axle limit, but would love a 650, however they are well beyond my budget.

    Papajohn: I sent you an email last night with reguard to your Bergman. Let me know if you got it?

    Geoff
     
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    Dohhhhhhhh.

    Penny has just dropped. That's not a motorhome, it's a motorcastle. A shame it's not got a garage.
     

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