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Old 03-01-2008, 08:33 PM   #16
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99 LC4e 317 lbs ready to ride and the 04 LC4 625 motard was 321 ready to ride.
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:53 PM   #17
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not the most accurate of scales I suppose, but here we have truck scales that are open or "turned on" whether they are manned or not. I pull on the scale on my '05 12GS with a tank of gas, and consistently weigh in at 780 pounds. I weigh about 220.
On a trip to B.C. with full gear and a pillion passenger we hit a scale in Washington at an even 1000 pounds
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:05 PM   #18
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GS, its beyond me why they are so popular off road!
Because they are a blast, And I ride mine 75% off road, There is nothing like it, no you don't take it on single track but out west we have dirt roads that are an absolute blast on a GS, roads that would suck or would be just plain boring on smaller dual sports is pure heaven on the GS, It is fun to put in 3 or 4 hundred mile days in the dirt.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:29 AM   #19
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i think it depends completely on how you define "off road". i sold my r1100s to buy a dualsport, and i have ALWAYS wanted an r1200gs, but im short a few grand. i'll have one someday, but it wont go where im taking my dr650, i can promise you that. im seriously considering an f800gs, which im hoping i can pick up used at the onset of the 2010 model year and keep the dr as a more offroad oriented machine, or even replace it with something in the 400 range.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:31 AM   #20
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motorcycle consumer news' test bike performance index lists actual wet weights and is a free download from their site:)
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:24 PM   #21
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motorcycle consumer news' test bike performance index lists actual wet weights and is a free download from their site:)
Hmmm...
http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/technical.asp

Winter 05/06 is the latest. Still, good resource.
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:44 PM   #22
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not the most accurate of scales I suppose, but here we have truck scales that are open or "turned on" whether they are manned or not. I pull on the scale on my '05 12GS with a tank of gas, and consistently weigh in at 780 pounds. I weigh about 220.
On a trip to B.C. with full gear and a pillion passenger we hit a scale in Washington at an even 1000 pounds
Hey Peterman!

My Wee in commuter mode with Jesse's usually comes in at an even 550 lbs
With me on it, 800 - 850 lbs

I'm thinking the ones I use probably go in 50# increments

Been awhile since I weighed the DR, but I'm thinking around 350
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:41 PM   #23
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Somebody may want to weigh their own oil, and consider the container it is in, but it seems engine oil weighs 2-4 lbs per quart.
Oil weighs 7.5lbs per gallon.

Is the method placing a bathroom scale under each wheel and adding up the total reasonably accurate?
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:59 PM   #24
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Oil weighs 7.5lbs per gallon.

Is the method placing a bathroom scale under each wheel and adding up the total reasonably accurate?
i dont think. what about a board long enough for the wheelbase?
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:37 PM   #25
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Oil weighs 7.5lbs per gallon.

Is the method placing a bathroom scale under each wheel and adding up the total reasonably accurate?
Why not?

I once try with one scale.
2000 640a with allmost full tank.
Result was somewhere near 180kg....
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:01 PM   #26
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Why not?

I once try with one scale.
2000 640a with allmost full tank.
Result was somewhere near 180kg....

Yes, I was implying one scale and measuring one wheel at a time.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:16 PM   #27
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If the scale(s) are accurate, and the bike is level, the weight measured with a scale under each wheel then added, or a scale under one wheel at a time then added, is accurate. The key thing is that the bike must be level.

Experimental aircraft builders get weight and balance info this way sometimes.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:18 PM   #28
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I just put a bathroom scale on my el-cheapo hydraulic bike lift & lifted my bike up off the ground under the skidplate easiest method I could think of
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:46 PM   #29
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I just put a bathroom scale on my el-cheapo hydraulic bike lift & lifted my bike up off the ground under the skidplate easiest method I could think of
what numbers did you find on the scale?
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:51 PM   #30
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I am a die-hard husky fan but their weights aren't that accurate.
KTM does seem to be closer to advertised.



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I think more manufacturers are moving away from the "lie weights" and listing actual "dry weights". KTM's dry weights are real weights. Husky's advertised weights are accurate too, aren't they?

Kawasaki said the new KLR650 was 50 lb heavier than the old, but the main difference was a more accurate weight spec for new model. The same goes for the new 250 ninja which is 30 lbs "heavier", but I suspect the main difference will be a more truthful spec for the newer model.

The folks that are weighing their new Yamaha WR250x bikes are finding them close to the 280lb spec.
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