Weight Loss for a WR450
Posted September 24, 2007 - 11:00 AM
Are the milled after market wheel hubs lighter than the stock ones? Are aluminum skid plates heavier than the carbon fiber ones?
I've read that Yamaha put a Bridgestone tire, instead of Dunlop, on the 08 YZ250F (I think it was the YZF and not the two-stroke) because they weighed less. Is this true for the 18" tires as well? Yeah I know, buy the tires that work for you but just the same. Are there other lighter, decent, tires around? Any other areas that a little weight can be saved without giving up my beloved e-start or light?
Oh and for you "smart" guys I didn't want a YZ just a lighter WR.
Posted September 24, 2007 - 04:03 PM
Obviously just kidding (kind of) and I'd like to get rid of some pounds too.
Posted September 24, 2007 - 04:38 PM
Another option would be to spend $2000 on a gym membership, GO, USE IT, get STRONGER, live LONGER and ALL bikes will FEEL lighter. I should probably do this myself.
Keep us posted on what you do to the bike.
Posted September 24, 2007 - 08:01 PM
Posted September 24, 2007 - 09:06 PM
Any extra weight above the CG is going to have the most effect. Try this as an expeiment. Fill the gas tank half full and take it out on your toughest trail then come back and fill it completely and go right back to that trail. You will find out how much the difference in weight makes and if it is worth the time and money to shave of those extra pounds. This is kind of obvious but it works.
Ya i noticed that today, big time.
Posted September 25, 2007 - 04:24 AM
Yeah rkwfxd1 you're right as well, it'll be a costly activity but still cheaper than buying another "light weight" bike so I can have the best of both worlds. By the by, I save the gym fees by having exercise equipment at home so my bike is already feeling lighter. I've shed nearly 30 pounds off of my bod so it's time for the bike to go on a diet!
Any idea about the hubs? Anyone know if the milled units are lighter than the stock cast pieces?
Thanks for the input and I'll let you know how it goes.
Posted September 25, 2007 - 07:43 AM
Posted September 25, 2007 - 07:58 AM
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I've seen some of his posts and he does share a lot of great information! But give me a break here, he has thousands of posts and I work for living! Can you narrow down what I should be searching for? Thanks.
Posted September 25, 2007 - 10:23 AM
Why don't you PM him?
Posted September 25, 2007 - 10:33 AM
Posted September 25, 2007 - 04:42 PM
I mean for trail riding can you really go wrong with a nicely modded KDX 220r? If your looking for a light bike I mean?
After hearing the sound of my 450 idling with a full titanium exhaust Im not sure I could switch to anything else.. Sounds like a gattling gun crossed with a helicopter.....sounds crazy awsome.