Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: West Coast, North Island, New Zealand
I'd never take much notice of the manual's "butt covering" weight limit... Heaviest thing I've ever carried in my trunk is a car battery, but there have been numerous trips to the supermarket for boxes of beer & other weighty items. I've never heard of a trunk or bags being damaged through overloading, but there comes a point when the load distribution will either effect handling, find the limit of your suspension, or point your headlight too high for oncoming drivers.
When they're packed too tight, the bags & trunk will leak water inside in inclement weather anyway.
Paul (Peg) Elliott
New Plymouth, NZ. '10 Voyager 1700
'02 Nomad 1500(sold) '97 VN800B (sold)
2 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's, 1 Yamaha (all dead)