CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Motorcycle Safe Weight Calculator, an exclusive creation of EdwardsMotorcycleLaw.com, has been updated with 2016 models, attorney Billy Edwards has announced. The calculator tells touring motorcycle owners how much gear they can safely load on their motorcycles and stay within safe weight limits established for their bike.
"It doesn't take much to overload a cruiser after you factor in the weights of both riders in full gear, fuel, oil and drinking water," Edwards said. "Riders wanting to keep the motorcycle within the manufacturer's designated weight limit will want to run a check using the calculator."
"Riding a long distance on an overloaded bike can lead to tire failure if the tires are defective. Be safe, use the calculator and stay within the bike's weight rating," Edwards urged.
How the Safe Weight Calculator Works
For each motorcycle's year make and model, the Safe Weight Calculator factors in (as shown in owners' manuals or published specifications):
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
- Dry weight
- Wet weight. (If wet weight is not available, the calculator adds typical fuel and oil weight for the model)
To use the Safe Weight Calculator, simply find your touring bike's year and model and enter the driver and passenger weights when dressed in full riding gear. The database will calculate how much additional gear can be packed on the bike without exceeding the motorcycle's GVWR.
Using the 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra as an example, if the pilot weighs 270 pounds and the passenger weighs 160 pounds (including helmet, boots and clothing), 14 pounds of gear can be added before reaching the bike's designated weight limit.
Overloaded, Defective Tires carry Failure Risk
The database contains 2016 information for Harley-Davidson, BMW, Victory and Can-Am touring bikes. Updates will be added as manufacturers release details on other 2016 models, Edwards said. The database contains weight information on most touring motorcycles, beginning with 2010 models.
"As a motorcycle rider, safety advocate and motorcycle crash attorney, I have seen firsthand the devastation caused when a defective tire catastrophically deflates, sending the bike out of control. Motorcycle owners can lessen the chance of this happening by making sure they do not overload their tires by overloading their bikes," Edwards said.
Edwards Law Firm Noted for Successful Motorcycle Injury Lawsuits
Billy Edwards is a seasoned rider and has been investigating and litigating serious motorcycle crashes for more than 20 years. Edwards has the rare distinction of being board certified in two legal specialties. He is Board Certified® in Personal Injury Trial Law and in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a designation held by fewer than three percent of all Texas attorneys. The Edwards Law Firm has won substantial verdicts and settlements for victims of defective products, 18-wheeler crashes, motorcycle crashes, auto crashes and workplace injuries. The firm is recognized nationally for its expertise in defective consumer products, defective vehicles and defective tires.
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