Where exactly is the weak point in the subframe?

8 replies to this topic
  • Bibleman

Posted September 26, 2007 - 07:24 PM


I'm getting some luggage for the back of my "L" and I would like to know exactly were the weak point is. I'm a little confused since the passenger would put alot of weight back there so it must have some degree of strength. Maybe the "subframe" is the part that holds the rear fender on?

  • pigryder

Posted September 27, 2007 - 03:30 AM


The weak point is where the lower subframe meets the upper kinda like a triangle shape. You have to remove the side panels to see it, basically where the lower portion meets the upper if you know what Im talkin about

  • Olyrider2

Posted October 04, 2007 - 07:38 PM


I have the same concern, but I don't understand which joint we're talking about. Could someone explain which one it is using smaller words?

Also, is there a simple solution such as welding on a small brace or something?



  • AtomicGeo

Posted October 04, 2007 - 07:42 PM


Basically it comes down to the fact that the L continue to have a steel frame. Most advanced bikes now have the stronger chrome-moly frame.


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  • bork

Posted October 05, 2007 - 05:34 AM


Is my 94 xrr frame chrome-moly?

  • martinfan30

Posted October 05, 2007 - 07:10 AM


Is my 94 xrr frame chrome-moly?

no, basically the same as the xrl.

  • martinfan30

Posted October 05, 2007 - 07:10 AM


maybe someone should take a pic and post it. i will tonight if i remember.

  • Olyrider2

Posted October 09, 2007 - 08:46 PM



  • absynth01

Posted October 10, 2007 - 04:53 AM


Had the same problem on my 89' XR600R. Right side(on the bike) behind side panel. It was on the top of the subframe right near said location. I am a heavy rider(270) and ride it hard. Good to know this as I just bought a built 04 650l. I am still going through it to see the difference in the bikes.

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