The documented gvwr is always conservatively low. On most Japanese motorcycles it does not add up to enough to support an American sized rider and passenger, nevermind putting anything in the luggage... This is done for liability litigation reasons I'm sure. I don't pay any attention to it. I just try to exercise common sense when I load for a trip - heavy stuff down low and as far forward as possible. I reserve lighter stuff for the optional top box, which is up high and way to the rear. Works for me...skootertrash said:o.k.,they give a dry mass of 525#. also i vaguely recall seeing a wet wieght of about 600#.