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Old 03-01-2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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Did you know the 1976 XL350 weighed 331 lbs? Oink!

There is so much nonsense thrown around about the weight of dual sport motorcycles that I decided it was time to make a list and get some objective, comparable numbers all in one place.
1) All weights are wet, ready to ride, with a full gas tank
2) All weights are from a national motorcycle magazine road test for which they actually weighed the motorcycle -- no manufactuer's numbers here.

List moved near the end of the thread.
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:09 PM   #2
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My Weestrom is so heavy it broke my scale.
My XT225 is exactly what you have. 268lbs advertised is 238!
1986 XL600R is 318lbs. owners manual says 297lbs.
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:21 PM   #3
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My 06 TE 510 with oversized gas tank , EE barkbuster & moose hand gaurds, uptite skidplate, dual rim locks, & Buell headlight & windscrean came in at 305 lbs, complete ready to ride with a full tank 3.9 gallons
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:02 PM   #5
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1998 DR650se Weighs in Today at 332 Lbs, Ready to ride with about 3 1/2 gallons of gas. Advertised at 324...
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:11 PM   #6
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Thanks for putting this together. I assume this refers to the KLX650C (e-start), not the KLX650R?

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Old 10-26-2012, 07:24 AM   #7
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1998 DR650se Weighs in Today at 332 Lbs, Ready to ride with about 3 1/2 gallons of gas. Advertised at 324...
Suzuki now claims 377lbs full of gas for a stock DR650se,they usually dont add weight to their specs. The pre 96 DR was way heavier,I forget how much but they were even more of a tank.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:49 AM   #8
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Eh? Please recheck your data!

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BMW R1200GS, 581 lbs, Motorcyclist, Feb. 2007
Unfortunately your list is incorrect starting with the first line. There's no way a plain 1200 GS weigh that much. It may be a R 1200 GS Adventure but that's a different and much heavier model.

530 lbs for a R 1200 GS sounds correct and I'm guessing that is when equipped with ABS. Integral ABS weighed a little less than 10 pounds on models '04-'06. Since '07 ABS add about 5 pounds on these models.

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Old 03-03-2008, 03:59 PM   #9
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It may be a R 1200 GS Adventure but that's a different and much heavier model.
It was an Adventure. I have updated the list. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:01 PM   #10
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I just weighed my 05 525 EXC yesterday with a bathroom scale. While putting the scale on the stand and the bike on the scale works in theory, it doesn't always work in practice. Ever been on a scale that you can alter the reading just by leaning to one side or the other? Well those scales are very likely to give a false reading with a motorcycle sitting on them and this was the case with mine. I resorted to putting the scale under each wheel and adding up the totals. I put a length of 2x4 wood across the scale so that the weight would be distributed more equally on the scale.

My bike has Probend handguards, a Flatland Racing aluminum skidplate, KTM hard parts case saver and rear brake rotor guard and is wearing a 150/90-18 Terra-Flex on the rear. With a full tank of fuel and the factory KTM DS hardware installed (turn signals, horn, combination switch) combined weight of front a rear was 282lbs. I think that considering the extra components my bike is shod with, that compares pretty good to the 276lbs that you have for the 07 450 EXC in your list.

Claimed dry weight for my bike is 251lbs. Not only would I have to remove all that extra stuff mentioned and drain all fluids from the bike and battery, but I would also have to remove the tires completely from the rims to make that weight!


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Old 03-03-2008, 06:25 PM   #11
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since you have some vintage wheels listed.. how about the 1974 Honda CR125 Elsinore weighing at 188 lbs with a full tank of fuel right off the showroom floor..




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Old 03-05-2008, 06:41 PM   #12
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since you have some vintage wheels listed.. how about the 1974 Honda CR125 Elsinore weighing at 188 lbs with a full tank of fuel right off the showroom floor...
Street legal only for now, but I just ran across a 125 comparison in the July 1976 issue of Cycle. With their little 1.5 gallon tanks full....

Yamaha YZ125X, 208 lbs
Honda CR125M, 205 lbs
Suzuki RM125A, 197 lbs

I'm with 2whlrcr on wondering if we're going in the right direction. But I remember in the early days of long travel people were breaking frames and swingarms due to the additional leverage. I think in the end we accepted a 15-20 weight penalty in exchange for doing triples. We were probably all safer when the big jumps had downhill landings.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:45 PM   #13
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I just weighed my 05 525 EXC yesterday with a bathroom scale. While putting the scale on the stand and the bike on the scale works in theory, it doesn't always work in practice. Ever been on a scale that you can alter the reading just by leaning to one side or the other? Well those scales are very likely to give a false reading with a motorcycle sitting on them and this was the case with mine. I resorted to putting the scale under each wheel and adding up the totals. I put a length of 2x4 wood across the scale so that the weight would be distributed more equally on the scale.

My bike has Probend handguards, a Flatland Racing aluminum skidplate, KTM hard parts case saver and rear brake rotor guard and is wearing a 150/90-18 Terra-Flex on the rear. With a full tank of fuel and the factory KTM DS hardware installed (turn signals, horn, combination switch) combined weight of front a rear was 282lbs. I think that considering the extra components my bike is shod with, that compares pretty good to the 276lbs that you have for the 07 450 EXC in your list.

Claimed dry weight for my bike is 251lbs. Not only would I have to remove all that extra stuff mentioned and drain all fluids from the bike and battery, but I would also have to remove the tires completely from the rims to make that weight!


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Old 03-03-2008, 07:50 PM   #14
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:34 PM   #15
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My curiosity got the best of me, so I weighed all of my stuff with a single bathroom scale, one wheel at a time.

2005 Beta Rev 250 = 164 lbs (a splash of gas, not that it really matters since it holds less than a gallon anyway)

2003 Honda CRF230 = 242 lbs (.5 gal gas, barkbusters)

2008 KTM 450 EXC = 255 lbs (.5 gal gas, barkbusters, disk guards,
removal of emissions crap, mirrors, stock turnsignals, switchgear and rear fender assembly, replaced with lighter stuff, no skidplate)

1978 Husky CR250 = 214 lbs

Considering the weight of my 30 year old race bike, I'm not sure we are moving in the right direction.
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