Enter the gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) and the bike weight (lbs) into the Motorcycle Weight Limit Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Motorcycle Weight Limit. 

Motorcycle Weight Limit Formula

The following two example problems outline the steps and information needed to calculate the Motorcycle Weight Limit.



  • MWL is the Motorcycle Weight Limit (lbs)
  • GVWR is the gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) 
  • BW is the bike weight (lbs) 

To calculate the motorcycle weight limit, subtract the bike weight from the gross vehicle weight rating.

How to Calculate Motorcycle Weight Limit?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Motorcycle Weight Limit.

Example Problem #1:

  1. First, determine the gross vehicle weight rating (lbs).
    • The gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) is given as:: 600.
  2. Next, determine the bike weight (lbs).
    • The bike weight (lbs) is provided as: 300.
  3. Finally, calculate the Motorcycle Weight Limit using the equation above: 


The values provided above are inserted into the equation below and computed.

MWL = 600 – 300 = 300.00 (lbs)

Example Problem #2: 

For this problem, the variables required are provided below:

gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) = 700

bike weight (lbs) = 250

Test your knowledge and check your answer with the calculator..

MWL = GVWR – BW = ?