Originally Posted by 05 XR650R
G`day All, Ive heard all the comments about the weak sub frame on the XRR, was just wondering how weak is it? Was thinking of getting Andy Strapz Expedition Panniers & probably only carrying around 20 - 25kgs of weight all up on tracks like the CREB & some of the Cape. Thoughts & experiences would be much appreciated. Cheers Simon.
As Sean says, you should be fine with what you are talking about doing, however worth noting that it's the corrugations that fatigue the alloy subframes when they are loaded up. I've done the Cape many times on 650R and never had a drama, in saying that, I've never taken a load up with me on the bike, and Cape York is bad for corrugations on the main Development Rd.
Have carried 60L fuel & water plus all camping gear etc with stock subframe over the Simpson a few times and had no dramas, but if your suspension isn't set up right doing that sort of thing you're likely to have breakages.