anyone know what the max tongue weight is on gl 1500 se /rear gross axle weight rating !
With a NON 'fifth wheel' style trailer, the tongue weight should (typicly) be 10% - 15% of the GROSS weight of the trailer. Any less than the 10% CAN induce handling issues that can be VERY bad on a bike. This is why yours did better with the numbers you gave. I see lots of threads on this topic, and many people post a weigh range rather than a percentage range, and that could make for a bad situation depending on the numbers used.I have had my tongue weight varied from 20# to 50#, mostly determined by the weight of what is in the trailer. The heavier the trailer, the more the tongue weight. Last trip I took, trailer and gear guessed weight at around 350 - 375 pounds. I had the tongue weight at just under 30 pounds. It didn't pull well so I stopped and added more to the front of the trailer,adding about 10 pounds to the tongue weight and it rode great.
These same values are echoed in the Specifications and/or the pages for the trunk/saddlebags.1989 Owners Manual said:...
The combined weight of the rider, passenger, cargo and additional accessories must not exceed the maximum weight capacity: 185 kg (408 Lbs)
Cargo weight alone should not exceed:
* 27 kg (60 Lbs)
5) Do not exceed maximum capacity load of Honda accessories.
* Travel trunk: 9 kg (20 Lbs)
* Saddlebags: 9 kg (20 Lbs) each side
* Fairing pockets: 2 kg (5 Lbs) each side
As a practical consideration, a Tonque Weight above 30 lbs causes the bike to do a standing-wheelie when parked on the centerstand... probably not a good idea....I often hear discussion on maximum tongue weight in the 27kg (60lb) range since most common hitches mount to the saddlebag frame...
(TW = Tongue weight)anyone know what the max tongue weight is on gl 1500 se /rear gross axle weight rating !
Last summer I put 7,500 miles on my 93 gl1500 and the summer before that 7000 miles pulling a kwik kamp trailer loaded and weighing around 600 lbs and riding two up. I weigh about 160 and she weighs around 145 "shhhhhh don't tell her I said that" . Side boxes and top box all with at least 20 lbs a piece and a large roll bag straped to the top of the top box. My tongue weight was 75 lbs or more at times depending on what I had in the cooler. If I tried to have less weight on the tongue the trailer would weave all over the place. Never had any problems.anyone know what the max tongue weight is on gl 1500 se /rear gross axle weight rating !