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Old 02-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sprint 1050 on a diet.

Any suggestions for putting the 1050 on a diet?
Forks and triples?
Swingarm?
Wheels?
What?
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How about you. I lost 45 lbs in 9 months and its the single biggest improvement you can do
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If I lost 45 lbs I'd be in hospital

It's just that I get off the Harley and the Sprint feels like a sport bike.
I get off the 749 and the Sprint feels a bit porky.

Don't get me wrong, I think they are a good thing but with a bit of weight reduction it would be perfect.

I was going to do some sort of a fork swap (just can't leave them alone) so maybe that will help. I have a new set of Duc 1098 forks in the shed so I should measure these and maybe do something with custom triples.
The forks have radial mounts so a brake upgrade on the cards as well. I'll just need to measure and weigh and read and ask questions.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How about you. I lost 45 lbs in 9 months and its the single biggest improvement you can do

........ you beat me to it

A friend of mine races classic bikes and had been doing a lot of work on the bike to shed a couple of kilos to give him an edge.

Too late he realised that there was a far easier and cheaper way to reduce the weight that the poor little 70 year old 350cc had to carry around.

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Go for a free flowing after market exhaust system like Trident and you will save a good number of kilos.

On my GT I saved 3.5kilos (almost 8 lbs) from memory, by fitting a Remus Titanium can.

You may get a horse power increase and a better sound to boot.

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I didn't weigh the old and new exhaust(Trident), but I'm sure it's every bit what the GT savings was, if not more. I believe it's felt even more on the ST because of how high it sits under the seat. I'm really not sure where you'd get savings other places, maybe some aftermarket brakes/rotors. There's always wheels(unsprung weight).
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not very practical, but you could always run around with your fuel tank on empty! That is a savings of at least 30lbs. And it sits way up high.

Going with lighter wheels like some nice carbon ones would be the best weight take'n off the bike. A bit expensive , but rotational mass is huge! Also some tires weight less than others. Like say michelin power pure's. And that weight is at the outer limits which makes even a bigger difference. Rotating mass effects all things at speed. Turning, exceleration and braking...

And yes the exhaust is a good idea as well...

As well as putting in a light weight battery, but i don't think that would be a good idea. (sprag clutch comes to mind)

Other than those's there is not a hole lot you would be able to notice for cost and the bike be what it is. You could always go Cafe' racer with a hack saw,but i don't think that is what your goal is. And there are other bikes that would make better candidates i would think..

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A Shorai battery will save you a lot of weight and the performance is discussed in detail in other threads specific to that subject.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
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A Shorai battery will save you a lot of weight and the performance is discussed in detail in other threads specific to that subject.
That is about 7-8 lbs in savings. I have the Ballistic brand and could not believe the difference in weight.

Also, lose the center stand.
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520 Chain conversion drops 7-10 LBS. I did it on mine with superlite drilled sprockets and it was easily 10 Lbs between the sprockets and chain combined.
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