WR weight loss, how to guide.
Posted September 12, 2008 - 11:39 AM
I need to keep the lights and speedo (to be road legal) but not too fussed about the E-Start.
So far I can think of -
Battery, starter and all other assoiated parts.
What else can i rip off that will make the bike lighter and perform better? I dont want to go crazy and spend a fortune (or i would just buy a YZ) so I will only do cheapish mods.
Currently my bike has all the free mods, a full FMF exhaust and Jd jet kit installed so the engine is powerful enough but it would be nicer if it was lighter.
Posted September 12, 2008 - 12:18 PM
Posted September 12, 2008 - 04:04 PM
Posted September 13, 2008 - 06:23 PM
Posted September 13, 2008 - 08:50 PM
Change the stock rear fender for a YZ style fender which is about 1/2 the weight and switch to a cheap LED taillight. Run an 100 size rear tire instead of a 110 or 120. Less rubber will make the tire lighter. Swap the stock upper and lower steering clamps for lighter weight aluminum ones such as Applied Racing clamps which are sort of cheap. Change the stock fork and rear shock springs to titanium springs such as ones that come stock on YZ's. If you run an aluminum skid plate then switch over to a Hyde Racing teflon polymer skid plate.
Any when you are done doing all of that, it will be lighter on the scale, but still a heavy pig!
Its a great bike. Its heavy but very stable on the trails. Its kinda like driving a suburban as opposed to a porsche. The suburban has excellent speed and acelleration, but rides really really smooth because of the weight. The WR wouldn't be a WR without a little extra weight. Personally, I have come to appreciate what the WR is for. I also appreciate my suburban.
Two things will make the wr feel a lot lighter. SUSPENSION. Get the bike setup properly and get the geometry right. Take it to a pro and have them do this for you. TEADMILL. Buy one and start using it 2-3 time per week for 45 minutes. I did this also and addressed the biggest weight issuse (my gut!)
Did you read the suggestion about the yz250? I did that also. It was very cheap to buy and is very cheap to maintain.
Posted September 14, 2008 - 04:24 AM
Or get the 250. But then you'll need more power.
Ride a streetbike for a while. Then hop on your 450. It'll feel like a twig.
Posted September 15, 2008 - 01:20 AM
While I would like to have the option of a flickable YZ250 pinger for off road, momma insists that one bike is almost 1 too many, so I'm not giving up on the DS's 426. I am improving myself (very slowly, as I'm freakin old) instead...