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Old 01-18-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Anyone put their GS on a diet?

Lots of threads on adding farkles-how about ideas (especially the low cost ones) to reduce the weight. Some I have done:
deleted licence plate/mud flap plate (underneath taillight) cut down wind screen (best solution for annoying helmet buzz)
leave rear seat at home (I ride solo 100% of time) as well factory bags (unless travelling) deleated rear rack Wilburs
replaced the very heavy ESA's I would go to aftermarket exhust to save some pounds, IF they were as quiet as stock
So-what have you done?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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And yet I bet at least 60% of GS riders are at least 25lbs overweight. Exercise is cheaper.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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I agree that most of us could loose a few lbs...but there is a difference in how a bike feels when lighter.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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And yet I bet at least 60% of GS riders are at least 25lbs overweight. Exercise is cheaper.
I could cut 75# of extra weight if I had any willpower!

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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I agree that most of us could loose a few lbs...but there is a difference in how a bike feels when lighter.
I understand that, but I doubt you're gonna be able to take off enough weight of a 1150gs or 1200gs to make that much of a difference. It is what it is.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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I understand that, but I doubt you're gonna be able to take off enough weight of a 1150gs or 1200gs to make that much of a difference. It is what it is.
Which is why I said a personal weight loss program is MY best bet!

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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I went to Ortlieb panniers from BMW Adv boxes and saved 31 lbs; then the volume was less so I carried less. Pack less, carry less and load it low.

Ps....Of course you could also use a lighter weight of engine oil
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:51 PM   #9
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I understand that, but I doubt you're gonna be able to take off enough weight of a 1150gs or 1200gs to make that much of a difference. It is what it is.

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Old 01-19-2013, 03:14 AM   #10
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I agree that most of us could loose a few lbs...but there is a difference in how a bike feels when lighter.
Lose weight and get stronger - far more cost and time effective than shaving 1% here and 2% there off the bike.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:40 AM   #11
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Hmm, glad this thread got started. The last thing that needs rebuilding on my light weight 1150 is the driveshaft. Another chance to get rid of more weight, let's assume I'd buy a new assembly from BMW for what? $900? Why not turn that $900 into a custom made carbon fiber drive shaft?
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:03 AM   #12
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How much does that weigh? I searched your build thread but didn't find a final number? maybe it missed it. Thanks

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Old 01-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #13
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I tried it on one scale and got 500, I need to find another scale that's accurate down to the pound, I think the one I tried is +/- 50 pounds.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:50 AM   #14
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You could remove the center stand and pannier rack on the back if you want to save about 20 lbs.

Other than that fuel weighs 7.7lbs per gallon. So, my adventure tank weighs about 60 lbs when full.

Riding from gas station to gas station on reserve will save you 40-50 lbs.

You might also consider riding in a spedo. It will save you an additional 10lbs 'All Gear All the time' is grossly overrated.

Helmets weigh about 4-6 lbs, but you might want the helmet if you are riding in a spedo.

PS.
I rode my GS without panniers for a month. I didn't get speed wobbles and the bike seems more stable without all weight in the rear.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:59 PM   #15
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gs diet

Try an hp2e. On a diet and steroids.
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