Removing the trunk is about all you can do and that gets you roughly 35 pounds. The panniers are deeply built in and the bike would look awful with them removed. Or you could just remove the rear sub frame and design your own tank and seat frame like this work in progress from a wrecked bike.
Well, John, re your cafe' racer(?) cut down pic, I gotta say that's PFG. I like where it look's like it's going a lot.
Any estimate what the weight is now and where it's gonna end up? That's not the stock tank is it? How much of it IS stock? Any frame mods performed, any cutting? Any details you want to share? Maybe I need to continue reading to see, but I just had to comment on the pic when I saw it.
One of the reasons I just edited the post is that I was wondering just how much the engine weighs...that's gotta be a big piece of the total bike.
I understand that the thing uses fuel injection and I was wondering if the tank could be modded or changed to lower the COG a bit more, maybe making it smaller/replacing it with a smaller one and adding an aux tank behind the engine "compartment" (not much of a compartment now, is it?) when the fuel capacity goes way down?
For my 48 state motorcycle trip last May, I removed the rear case with arm rests (38 lbs), 6 CD changer (8 lbs), rear foot boards (12 lbs), charcoal cannister, miscellaneous wiring, rear antenna (replaced it with a lightweight front antenna) for a total of over 60 lbs. The bike was noticeably easier to handle.
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