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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone.

New to the group, having finally - after 2 years of lust, planning and saving, picked up a 2011 Thunderbird about 2 months ago. Already planning the all important extras -shorty exhausts and a screen for motorways - but one thing that I do notice is the weight. Not surprising really given that every single piece seems to be of the thickest, heaviest material possible.

Has anyone thought about how to put the T'Bird on a very serious diet. I mean if it could lose 40 or 50 kilos it would be seriously quicker. Power to weight would rise drammatically.

Pipes and wheels would be a good place to start i suppose. As pretty as they are those wheels look seriously heavy.
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I have read the CAT weighs about 33 lbs.
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If you eliminate the CAT, and install Hogslayer pipes, British Customs actually weighs the components and you lose 13 pounds. However I have a different view on the bikes weight. This is a NEW bike - designed from the ground up - so everything was taken into consideration, and something you don't want to mess with too much is the science behind the bikes weight distribution. I personally love the weight - huge gusts of wind, no problem, sticks in a corner at 80 mph, and I don't worry about drifting into the ditch. Part of owning a cruiser, is the weight, and embracing the weight. Don't like the weight, Thunderbird is only 740 lbs wet, then maybe cruisers aren't quite what you want...yet. If you want it faster - get the 104cc kit and have it dyno tuned with a power commander - the power will be quite pleasing to you!

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When calculating the power to weight ratio you must also consider the weight of the rider,added accessories, junk in the trunk etc and in most cases it is easier and cheaper to reduce the weight of these things than reduce the weight of the bike. Maybe our money would be better spent on Weight Watchers than British Customs. Personally I like to spend mine on beer and forget about the weight of both me and the bike.
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When calculating the power to weight ratio you must also consider the weight of the rider,added accessories, junk in the trunk etc and in most cases it is easier and cheaper to reduce the weight of these things than reduce the weight of the bike. Maybe our money would be better spent on Weight Watchers than British Customs. Personally I like to spend mine on beer and forget about the weight of both me and the bike.
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