I agree with this completely. The 900 is a great bike. It's kinda like buying an airplane. The first thing you need to do is understand "the mission". If the bulk of your riding is gonna be one up, two up around town, or the occasional two up long trip, the 900 will keep you satisfied. If the mission is gonna be frequent long two up adventures a bigger bike will be better. I go to the dealer all the time and lust after the bigger bikes but for me the 900 is the perfect compromise.The 900 will handle the weight just turn up the spring adjustment. My wife and I rode my 900 custom that I used to have no problems and I definitely ain't small. You aren't going to win any races but it'll carry you at freeway speeds no problems.
While I agree that the extra gear does add weight, I just have to comment that I highly doubt your jacket weighs 35-40 lbs. My body armor doesn't weigh that much!How will it ride???
Plus the thing to remember....your brakes are designed for 400lbs so the more wgt they have to deal with...will be sloww stopping too. By the time people throw on leathers and boots and all the other heavy stuff we carry...we add a lot more wgt.( my jacket alone probbly wiehgs around 35-40 lbs) Not something i want to have to think about. Might want to consider a bike that is designed for that amnt of wgt and not push it.
that weight includes the weight of all the chocolate bars and beef jerky he stuffs into the pockets :lol: :lol:While I agree that the extra gear does add weight, I just have to comment that I highly doubt your jacket weighs 35-40 lbs. My body armor doesn't weigh that much!