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Old 03-03-2008, 12:50 PM   #48
neepuk
Such a drag...
 
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Originally Posted by mcnut
Owning two KTMs one stock and one with a 6.6gal tank, I couldn't agree more, night and day.
But consider this:
The stock EXC tank holds about 2.2gal and is good for about 70 miles. If I fill the bike with the 6.6gal tank with 2.2 gallons of gas, the two bikes will weigh within 1-2lbs of each other and as a result will perform and handle very similar, running out gas at the same time & place.
I will take it a step farther: The 2.2 gallons in the 6.6gal tank will be carried lower then the 2.2 gallons on the stock bike, which could result in the stocker having a higher CG! With the big tank I always have the option to not completely fill it thus limiting its range, but extending the range of the stock tank is not even an option.

The conclusion I have come to: It's OK to penalize a bike for the weight of a big tank, or rack or saddle bags. But not what goes in them. And yes I know a motorcycle needs gas to go anywhere. I've had my opportunity to comment and look forward to hearing what others and VR are thinking! It's a constructive debate, one for which I suspect there are no right or wrong conclusions.

MCNut
100% AGREE! This is the only logical and fair comparison. All bikes should be measured ready to ride minus gas and baggage.
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