I run a 4 gallon fuel cell that is hitch mounted. No problems in the last 120,000 miles.I heard Rivco tell a customer that you can stand on their rack but they only recommend loads of 35bs.
But, don't forget-part of my incompleted formula above that must be considered is one or two people and their weight sitting on the bike:joke::lol:Deputy dog is correct.
Without having exact measurements, a 35 pound load on a rack behind the bike will decrease the front wheel load by about 12 pounds. What needs to be equally considered is that it increases the load to the rear by 47 pounds.
It's simply a statics problem.
The number or weight of the people riding on the bike make no difference. The additional load (or decrease to the front wheel load) from the cooler are still the same. This is simply added (or subtracted from the front) of whatever load exists.But, don't forget-part of my incompleted formula above that must be considered is one or two people and their weight sitting on the bike:joke::lol:
First, I'd see what the specs say. I don't have a hitch and rack, but I do have a Pakit Rak. Max weight for that is 20 lbs. and I've ridden for 6 years and thousands of miles with a pack at near that weight. That includes heavy-duty twisties in the Colorado Rockies. I can't even tell that weight is there. If that's about the load you're carrying, you'll be absolutely fine.i dont think it weighs 35 lbs. id guess 20 lbs.
anyone who has any insight please chime in cause i am leaving for a 3 week trip tuesday.
in the meantime i will go for a test ride and see if i can feel it.......
If you have anywhere near you that has stationary or portable scales(elevator,truck stop.....), Put the front wheel of the bike on the scales. Weigh w/load on and off and you sitting on the bike. That will answer how much weight difference there is.
It's really not an issue to worry about. It's not uncommon to have a trailer with a 40 lb to 50 lb tongue weight and this is no different. The effect is not significent.so let me ask another question, what is the weight threshold for poor handling? in other words, how much can the front wheel weight decrease before things get dangerous?
i do not want the front wheel to slide out from under the bike if my rack is too heavy.