Thanks for the reply. Yep panniers on the rearalong with the tent along the rack, rucksack on my back. Amazing the difference it made. I think the wobble also made a lot of difference, the weight on the tail seemed to drag the bike if that makes sense.

Like i say there was a fair bit of weight, but i cannot see any point going light if youve a bike too, nice big tent, soft bed etc. The weight up front i suppose balances the bike, what sort of ratio should I be looking at please and how should I load it.