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Old 09-07-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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990 Adventure weight loss!

Hi all,
I need to strip the big girl down for routine maintenance and thought I might do some mods to reduce weight. I've got a two into one Arrow (custom) on it already. Anyone have any tips on shedding weight from the 990's, apart from pipes and single disc conversions?

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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Get a lithium ion battery you save 8 lbs right there.
Remove your crash guards. I've crashed many times without mine and you just scuff the tank or protector up. If you want performance, you dont need to look pretty. But I try not to crash

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:40 AM   #3
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Mikuni fuel pump

it weights virtually nothing compare to the stock pump
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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Get a lithium ion battery you save 8 lbs right there.
Remove your crash guards. I've crashed many times without mine and you just scuff the tank or protector up. If you want performance, you dont need to look pretty. But I try not to crash
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Exactly right, those tanks are tough, and unlike the crash bars they won't catch on stuff and throw your bike around.
Also get rid of rear pannier rack, use a giant loop.

Other than that I'm all ears too.
Battery swap with Lithium one is a no brained and is now on my list. Front brakes to a single disc not so, as I do too much road riding and track days, heavy on front brakes.

Plastics don't weigh too much, but I guess is an area?
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
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Anyone know if Safari tanks add much weight?
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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Anyone know if Safari tanks add much weight?
Not at all. They weigh less than the stock stuff they replace.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:33 AM   #7
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you can remove the black plastic in the upper fairing
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:46 AM   #8
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I imagine that a swap to a 2.5" rear ought to shed a few pounds too, not to mention making it a off-road worthier. The switch from a 2.15" to a 1.85" or 1.6" is probably negligible but worth doing nonetheless. Up front a single disc should shed a pound or two as well though. These changes have the added benefit of reducing unsprung and rotating weight which is always better.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:19 AM   #9
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Convert to a foam air filter set up and lose the airbox is worth another 4-5 pounds. Battery, 2/1 exhaust with aftermarket muffler, and air box is over 25 pounds less weight. Yes you can feel it, and no it is not the same thing as losing 25 pounds of body weight. The single disk set up is probably worth another 5 pounds but I am waiting on someone to offer a 320 disc kit using the stock caliper, so I have not done that mod yet. Tubeless wheel conversion is a few pounds of unsprung weight especially if you run heavy duty (and they ARE heavy) tubes. I hate those things.

I also am one of the ones who take a minimalist approach to bolting on a bunch of extra stuff, No need for crash bars. If I damage the tanks bad enough in a crash comprehensive insurance (which is cheap) will replace them.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:41 AM   #10
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Convert to a foam air filter set up and lose the airbox is worth another 4-5 pounds. Battery, 2/1 exhaust with aftermarket muffler, and air box is over 25 pounds less weight. Yes you can feel it, and no it is not the same thing as losing 25 pounds of body weight. The single disk set up is probably worth another 5 pounds but I am waiting on someone to offer a 320 disc kit using the stock caliper, so I have not done that mod yet. Tubeless wheel conversion is a few pounds of unsprung weight especially if you run heavy duty (and they ARE heavy) tubes. I hate those things.

I also am one of the ones who take a minimalist approach to bolting on a bunch of extra stuff, No need for crash bars. If I damage the tanks bad enough in a crash comprehensive insurance (which is cheap) will replace them.
I've go tall of this done on the 950RR and it makes a huge difference (lion battery, single disk, tubeless, air box, exhaust) bike handles amazingly off-road...
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:22 AM   #11
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better keep original airbox if you ever come close to river crossing, as it makes the bike almost submarine-able!!!
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:39 PM   #12
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Don't mean to "high" jack the thread, but what is the water crossing difference between having the airbox and replacing it with a Rottweiler? I haven't been in water over the footpegs yet but am itching to try. ;-) I guess it would weigh less in the water anyway right?

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Old 05-06-2014, 09:10 PM   #13
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Lower part of airbox is not watertight anyway
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:22 AM   #14
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yeah, negligible difference. Plus the oil in the filter will repel the first bit of water intrusion as well as the airbox would, and the velocity stack height doesn't change at all. I'd be really surprised if it made a difference.

I'm still super wary of pulling my crash bars. I had them off for awhile...then put them back on and promptly went down on a muddy hill and they did their job well...and then got caught on stuff another mile or two down the road so I took them off again. Now they're back on. Maybe I'll take them off after reading this, haha.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:07 AM   #15
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Remove center stand. I carry a small single rod which works in conjunction with sidestand to hold either front or rear off the ground.

I am making the single disc and abs removal mods. I always forget to weigh parts. But there are several pounds there.

Use soft bags without racks. I run a 2 into 1 exhaust and only had to make an aluminum pipe guard for the right side.

An easy one if it works for you--remove passenger pegs.

Not suggesting that these mods are right for everyone. But if lighter is your thing.....
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