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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 2020, 8:48 am Thread Starter
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K1200GT weight distribution

I need to know the weight distribution f/r for a wet 07 K1200GT. I'm setting wheel chocks on an aluminum trailer and need to estimate toe weight.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 2020, 4:56 pm
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Re: K1200GT weight distribution

Don't think you'll find weight distribution for the bike. It is listed as 620lbs wet. You can probably put the bike on the trailer with a scale and determine the tongue weight by moving the bike (I guess).

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I've heard 40/60 is a decent estimate so might just go with that!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2020, 12:03 pm
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That estimate is close enough for any trailer towing. A little common sense goes a long way...the bike centered or just forward of the trailer axle and it should tow just fine.
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That estimate is close enough for any trailer towing. A little common sense goes a long way...the bike centered or just forward of the trailer axle and it should tow just fine.
Agreed at just over 600 lb for the weight of the bike I think one would be hard pressed to have too much on the tongue.
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just for nerds.

Probably not that important to get it exact. However, I had an idea just for grins how to get pretty close.
If you put it on the centerstand, then put a bathroom scale under the rear wheel, you will get a number.
That number will be the difference between the front and rear wheel about the axis point of the center stand.
A little math and you should be able to obtain front and rear weight from that.
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just for nerds isn't going to work as written. I are engineer.

To make it work (generally) as written you must have the full weight of the rear wheel on the scale and nothing on the centerstand. The process would also work if the front wheel alone were on the scale. The process assumes the scale is of negligible height.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 2020, 12:16 pm Thread Starter
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I am an engineer as well and it is possible if you know the wet weight of the motorcycle and the weight on the front wheel sitting on the center stand. I can send you the worksheets if you like. The result is that the f/r ratio is pretty close to 50/50 for the 07 BWM K1200GT with a full tank in operating condition.
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