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Old 04-22-2013, 07:17 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by billdonna View Post
Been around the world a fair bit over the years... here's the secret to light travel.

1. Lay out everything you think you must have on a tarp.

2. Toss out half of it and take twice as much money.

3. Problem solved
That;s awesome

Let me know if you find that article, I'm always looking for good ideas.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:47 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by waddyp View Post
Back to my original intent in this thread- I recently perused an article written by a gent who went to some 'extremes' to lighten his 12GS with intent of more efficient long distance travel. I can't remember where I saw the article- a bike mag or online??? I would like to find the article and read it in detail, find out what he did. I'm not looking to drop a few pounds, rather... many, 30-40-50-60 lbs?? In the late '90s I converted a '95 Ducati 900 SS/SP into a track bike. I managed to take 40+ lbs off a 400 lb bike. Worked nicely in the handling dept. On my '07 12GS I figure switching from Jesses to soft bags, plus replace stock muffler with something much lighter (can I still keep it quiet?) should be good for approx. a 30 lb reduction. Then go through farkle list and see what functions and what doesn't... I'll keep you posted.
There was an article in a British "BIKE" magazine a few months ago about lightening a 1200 GS. The author went to extremes: carbon fibre wheels and so on. He took a lot of weight off the bike! I think the drawback was the immense cost of the exercise.

I don't know if this was the article you read...

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Old 04-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #18
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Camping or hoteling?

I realize your looking for an article, not advice. Can't help with the article, but was wandering how you plan to travel. Camp, hotels, cook, eat out, Subway? How you choose to go makes one hell of a difference.

I can go pretty light by doing fast food and things that don't need to be cooked. Small tent, bag, and pad. I never carry anything I can buy on the road. You can always buy batteries or oil on the rad.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:53 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Juggernaut View Post
I've found the best way to shave weight is to put myself on a diet, not my bike. Bye bye fast food.
So true, however easier said than done!

Originally Posted by billdonna View Post
Been around the world a fair bit over the years... here's the secret to light travel.

1. Lay out everything you think you must have on a tarp.

2. Toss out half of it and take twice as much money.

3. Problem solved
Again, so true! Number 1 easy, as well as the first half of number 2, however the second part of number 2 is not always possible!
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:11 PM   #20
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I'd concur with the weight/size way of doing things.

To me weight is no problem, it's bulk, the size of things.

Shoes are a challenge. Bedding. A chair? Air pumps. Foodstuffs for a couple of days or more. My bags just fill up without weighing too much.

Depends how much 'comfort' one desires. Sure you can manage without a chair or three bottles of wine, but you need a soft warm bed and pillow don't you?

If we are doing Motel trips I can manage with just a top box. But for camping I seem to need a shit load of stuff that is bulky if not heavy.

I'd say clothes are the least problem of all. You wear the same pants/boots/jacket every day. It's all the other stuff that takes up room.

20 pounds more doesn't bother me if it fits.
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