Originally Posted by alyef
.....I think that Kawasaki distorts the numbers some....
Its not just Kawi, and it may or may not be "distort". The explanation I read was that what is called "dry" starts out as the "design" weight, totalled, of each and every part or assembly on the bike. This theoretical weight can be established long before any such bike is actually shipped. Given long lead times for engineering and manufacturing setup, and that somebody from Marketing wants a figure to announce, they are given the "design" weight sum of each of the parts. Then this gets published and 'set in stone'.
But the actual off the production line total weight, never turns out to be the same as the theoretical weight, as everything that is not custom hand finished for a factory race project, ends up weighing a bit more here and there.
At least that's what "they" said.