A much lighter 950 adventure...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Dr LC8, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Hi,

    I did the same calculation for the exhausts last weekend.

    Each original are 4.8 kgs. An Akra aluminium is 2.2 kg. If you from stock to a two in one Akra you go from 9.6 to 2.2 kg! Saving 7.4 kgs placed in a high position. There mght be an other little bit saved using the 2 in 1 connection.:deal

    Also the two passangers foot pegs are 1kg together.

    Passenger arms holder are another 1 kg together.

    So if you do a rough calculation you'll see that:

    - 2 in 1 +
    - Front single brake +
    - Remove foot and holder for passanger +
    - Light battery

    You save some 15kg from stock that match a SE if you start from a 950 Adventure. These are not expensive mods.

    You can probably save more with lighter rims.

    I guess if these mods are joint by good suspension setting it should improve by far performance off road:eek1

    Nic
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  2. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    You've gotten a lot of good advice so I'll offer some you didn't ask for.

    If you're really truly trying to ride better off road take a school. I can pretty much promise you that there is no part you can add or replace that will do more for you than a single day of professional instruction. It's not cool because its not something you can point to but what's so great about it is its the one thing you can keep transferring to every new bike you own. It works on any bike and unlike parts it gets better with use. When I road raced I took every school I could find and it made a huge difference. Same with dirt. Even at the Bend rally I skipped a ride to do Jimmy's class and the simple skills and exercises were great - even if I knew them.

    The 950 is a pig. As Navin says there's nothing you'll be able to do to "fix" the weight so learning to ride it better will pay more dividends. But as others have said suspension (I've used Super Plush for years on my bikes) and tires goes a long ways.

    Gregor
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  3. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    what brake hose did u use ?
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  4. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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  5. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Gregor,

    Thatnks for that. You are 100% right. I thought about it but I have never done. You see I am one of that rider that with the bike has slowly slowly learned to do a bit everything at accetable level...I have just been to lazy to become a champion:lol3...

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    ...but you are right, I will look into this, as hard off road is my weakest point!

    Now a couple of things more. Your website is so cool! You are a lucky man dealing for work,with bike at such quality level...reformulating having made of your passion such high quality job. :clap

    And that is why in this picture capture me last week...

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    Ciao

    Nic
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  6. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Classy comeback:clap
    You could be giving some of us lessons...

    (Yes, I do understand you could get yourself into several of these wonderful picture ops without "proper" schooled technique', but.... Just sayin'...)
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  7. Pete640

    Pete640 I hate sand.......

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    The crash bars, cans, dual discs and battery are the obvious offenders in the weight department but I think you need to also look at the oil tank up front. Its a very heavy cast biarch that IIRC weight around 3 kg. Add the oil and there is 6 kg acting on your front suspension.
    Fab an aluminium tank for under the seat and you can save at least 2 kg but the bigger benefit is you lose the weight from directly acting on your forks. Combine that with a single disc/rotor and light weight fairings/screen (mine weigh less than a kg combined) and your handling will improve dramatically. Sure you havent shaved a heap of weight from the Adv but it sure will feel like you have on the move. :deal
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  8. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    Plus, you'll have a heated seat!
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  9. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Show us some pictures...
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  10. Pete640

    Pete640 I hate sand.......

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    Pics of what? If its the tank I dont have the tank under the seat yet - that'll happen after christmas....
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  11. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Well...I'll be waiting to see pics in 2013:lol3

    Nic
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