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Ok, so we talk a lot about power...now I'd like some advice on how to get some weight off....target goal of maybe shedding 15-20 lbs to help out a bit with its off-road ability. Not worth throwing a lot of money at it, but what things can we shed or replace to get some weight savings?

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I posted this same question a while back about the KTM 990 Adventure on Advrider.com and you know, the fastest thing we came up with was dropping the weight of the rider. I don't know your age or weight, but I worked on dropping some weight myself and found it easier to ride after that (and I'm not particularly overweight).

If you want to talk just bike, then look at the silencer and handlebars as I imagine there are 5-10 lbs on those 2 components alone.

-Pax

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Aftermarket Exhaust/Header will be one of the biggest weight saving items to replace + it adds some performance gains when used with a tuner. I would guess after swapping the stock exhaust for the FMF I lost 6-7 pounds. The handlebars as mentioned are also a tad heavy and the stock license plate/taillight setup weighs a bit. After that it starts to get into the 10 oz here, 6 oz there deal. I also swapped my rear sprocket for the GYTR version and its noticeably lighter + you are losing rotating mass which is the best weight to get rid of for performance. You could also go with a 520 setup and lose a little more with the lighter chain. You could replace the stock wheels too and save quite a bit I would guess but then you are talking about spending some cash. If you are looking for bang for the buck go exhaust/handlebars/stock license plate/tailight setup and rear sprocket. I've got around $500 into those four items and then you can get rid of little things like the airbox door, servo motor etc. etc. that don't cost anything to save even a little more weight. You can drop 10-15lbs off this bike quite easily with the above suggestions.

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Don't guess, use the search function and take a look at both mine and Derangedhermit's threads on this very subject.

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I replaced the stock bars, exhaust, tail light assembly, turn signals and rear sprocket all with lighter weight parts. I also took off smaller things like the helmet lock, kick stand kill switch, etc. I didn't weight the bike ... but think that I got 15-20 lbs of savings from that.

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I'm sure that it's been mentioned before, but a smaller/lighter battery would help as well.

Jose

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Many of these recommendations are for those of us that ride off road ONLY.

Otherwise you will probably want a horn....:p

Exhaust

Handlebars

Replace Rear Sprocket with Aluminum

Remove/Replace Tail Light Assembly

Remove Tool Box

Remove Passenger Pegs

Remove Chain Guards

Remove Helmet Lock

Remove AIS System

Remove Intake Flapper System

Remove EXUP Cables

Remove Servo Motor

Remove/Replace Turn Signals

Remove/Replace Mirrors

Remove Reflectors

Remove/Replace Kickstand

Remove Kickstand Safety Switch

Cut/Remove Excess Frame Brackets not being used

Remove Horn

Replace Battery

Cut/Remove Excess Plastic behine Radiator

Go on a Diet.....:moon:

Most all of these items above I have already dont. Most of which

was removed for off road riding only. I would say the bike is much

lighter, but the truth is, after adding skid plate, handguards, radiator

guards etc. the bike is proabably similar to its starting weight. The

good thing is having added all the guards, the bike isnt any heavier.:busted:

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I also swapped my rear sprocket for the GYTR version and its noticeably lighter + you are losing rotating mass which is the best weight to get rid of for performance. You could also go with a 520 setup and lose a little more with the lighter chain.

Er, um .... didn't you notice when you swapped your rear sprocket the WR250R/X already comes from the factory with a 520 chain and sprocket "setup?"

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Er, um .... didn't you notice when you swapped your rear sprocket the WR250R/X already comes from the factory with a 520 chain and sprocket "setup?"

My bad......I actually meant to say he could go with a D.I.D. 520 chain or similar aftermarket setup that could shed a little weight. It was 4am and I just finished working 12 hours...........thanks for keeping me on my toes........:busted:

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Don't guess, use the search function and take a look at both mine and Derangedhermit's threads on this very subject.

My favorites:

Remove

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Air Injection System: -17 oz

Intake Solenoid and hoses (airbox flapper): -9 oz

Toolbox, strap, and contents: -23 oz

Passenger footpegs and bolts: -27 oz

Passenger grab strap: -2 oz

Total $0 cost weight reduction, about 5 lbs.

Replace

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Rear sprocket with lightweight aluminum sprocket: -19 oz

Front tire with Michelin Cross AC10 80/120-21: -15 oz

Rear tire with Michelin Cross AC10 100/100-18: -16 oz

(I have the tires listed as a reminder that tire weight varies a lot, and it is something to keep in mind when picking tires (and tubes).)

Replacement handlebars may not be any lighter than stock, so don't assume they are. E.g. ProTaper EVO weigh the same as the stock bars.

The "biggie" not on this list is replacing the exhaust. It's not on here because I have mixed feelings about it.

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I posted this same question a while back about the KTM 990 Adventure on Advrider.com and you know, the fastest thing we came up with was dropping the weight of the rider. I don't know your age or weight, but I worked on dropping some weight myself and found it easier to ride after that (and I'm not particularly overweight).

If you want to talk just bike, then look at the silencer and handlebars as I imagine there are 5-10 lbs on those 2 components alone.

-Pax

I agree with this post. A pipe for less weight and more performance, and a little less ass for less weight and more performance. Both are loosing weight up high which is the most noticeable gains, not to mention feel the best and be able to react better to the unexpected.

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For starters as an easy quick 2 minute job take the rear footpeg/mounts and helmet lock off, you wont believe the weight in your hands...very satisfying.

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I posted this same question a while back about the KTM 990 Adventure on Advrider.com and you know, the fastest thing we came up with was dropping the weight of the rider. I don't know your age or weight, but I worked on dropping some weight myself and found it easier to ride after that (and I'm not particularly overweight).

If you want to talk just bike, then look at the silencer and handlebars as I imagine there are 5-10 lbs on those 2 components alone.

-Pax

So true...I could drop 20 pounds most effectively that way with extra benefits.

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I wonder if there is a distributor in NA somewhere. The 460 isn't bad either.

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I wonder if there is a distributor in NA somewhere. The 460 isn't bad either.

You might post a request to Bryan Bosch, the store owner at Thumpertalk shop, with a link. I'm shure he is interested.

Racing teams from Ducati and Aprillia race with it, and a number of enduro specialists as well!

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Done and done. It would be nice to have someone distribute these things a little closer to home.:thinking:

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