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Old 03-26-2013, 03:46 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by runnin4melife View Post
New suspension! You will not shed weight any where on the bike that is worth while, but getting a good suspension will make it much easier to manage!
Umm if you go from normal forks to good upside down forks you can loose some weight there...

Cheapest place to loose weight is on tubes and tyres .. go small and light there is cost effective. Of course the tryes may not last as long nor be as grippy...

------------- As others have said .. most cost effective is to buy a light bike to start with.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:23 AM   #17
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I'm trying to get the same information.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
2 wheels !!!!
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Originally Posted by jengel451 View Post
Per a previous comment. Getting your suspension dialed in, while not pulling weight off, will make your bike "FEEL" about 50 bounds lighter.
Okay, what is the best way to get the suspension dialed in on my 800gs.


Oh yeah! 2 wheels!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by polson View Post
Okay, what is the best way to get the suspension dialed in on my 800gs.


Oh yeah! 2 wheels!
Haha that's a can of worms. Short answer: ditch the rear shock and drop about 1k on a new one, then swap out the damper in the fork for either a cartridge setup or the nicer shiver 45 damper.

Lots of threads on this here.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:36 PM   #20
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Thanks so far

Thanks for this. Of course, I have thought about a lighter bike. However, twins and some hp were my requirements, and for street ABS. My other option was the KTM 690 Enduro, but ditched it for a couple of reasons. So back to the heavier bike.

Re the weight, the second disc front wheel, lighter wheels are definitely helpful.
As with everything, this all changes the physical balance. So I have to be somewhat careful.
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