Main Motorcycle: 2009 Bonneville SE
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Asturias, Spain
Other Motorcycle: Yamaha XV1100
Extra Motorcycle: Qingqi QM200GY-BA
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I know it can be fun to try and reduce the weight of these bikes, but can a few lbs lighter bike really move that much faster, or are the advantages to be seen in the handling?
The handling difference is pretty stellar. The weight savings switching to Bitubo on the front is about 2 pounds total of unsprung weight, I removed about 4 pounds of wiring, plugs, old O2 sensors, and just general emissions/non-used cruft. The wires were removed by the pins from the ECU to the rest of the bibs and baubs that got ganked, rewrapping it all in spiral loom and rerouting things in a more logical (for my application) way.
I switched to a Shorai battery after the ballistic battery was a massive failure for me, and am running the Zard Cross exhaust. Lost the rear fender, ditched the airbox, switched to velocity stacks, swapped the footpegs for aluminums offroad dealies from K&L cycles, switched the handlebars to aluminums, shaved a bunch of the wiring from the front clusters and ran it all through said aluminum handlebars, neatened up the nest under inside the headlight bucket, switched to a MOSFET R/R that is mounted to my battery box, nice and low, and shortened all that wiring to next to nothing.
Removal of air injection mattered, and some nice tires. The loss of huge amounts of weight high up mattered a lot for the handling and the confidence of the bike. The wheels are the next logical place to lose weight, since you'd reduce rotating mass substantially, and could ditch those tubes, as well as the difference in weight between steel and aluminum rims and any gains from the hubs would be substantial.
A LOT of the weight loss and wiring simplification can be done with time and patience, and a bunch of wiring know-how.
Overall, it's totally worth the time, effort and money I've put into it. To me. And probably to no one else. =)
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