How to make the BMW F 800 GS lighter?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Brumm, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Brumm

    Brumm n00b

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    Hi fellow riders,

    I just ordered a new 2013 BMW F 800 GS with lots of adjustments, like TT stuff to protect and carry. This will add some more weight to the already quite heavy bike. So I am looking for ways to make it lighter. An example would be the exhaust pipe, which brings about 2.5k.

    Are there other significant ways to reduce weight (of my bike, of course :1drink)?

    Please let us know what you have done. Thanks.
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  2. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Exhaust and battery will shed some weight but is it worth the $$$. It's about like the difference between a full and 1/2 tank of fuel! GH
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  3. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    There was a similar thread a few months ago about the same thing.... Some of the suggestions were...

    -Lighter exhaust/remove cat

    -Cut off passenger pegs

    -Remove one brake caliper/rotor up front

    -Replace metal pieces with carbon fiber

    - Less fuel

    -Lighter wheels

    -New battery

    .....

    I'ts a heavy bike, not much room to drop a ton of weight. And if you truly want to, it will cost a lot of $$$$$

    You could go as far as carbon fiber tank, swing arm, wheels, etc... much like sport bikes do, but that is more than the cost of the bike.
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  4. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    Shed a few KG from the rider would help.
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  5. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    New suspension! You will not shed weight any where on the bike that is worth while, but getting a good suspension will make it much easier to manage!
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  6. biodieselandon

    biodieselandon Been here awhile

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    That's my goal. I figure I should be able to lose enough weight to offset all the farkles I put on. That's why I got a Bowflex :evil
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  7. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Somebody removed the abs system, saved a good bit of weight.
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  8. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    It is cheaper to buy a lighter bike than to buy a heavy bike and lighten it up. The 800 carries it weight well and feels lighter than it is. Maybe you should ride it for a while and then decide what farkles you need. Everyone has their favorites, but they might not be yours with the way you ride and places you go.

    You could fill the tires with helium, but then it is hard to keep the rubber side down.:rofl
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  9. Reaver

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    Get yourself a "Sponsor" who will deny you access to the Touratec catalogue or any others that may cause you to "fall off the wagon" and add protection weight after spending 2 Grand to make it lighter!
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  10. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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    Ive cut close to 10lbs off my bike, but them put another 25lbs on, TT tank, Skid plate, Rear Rack, Side Racks, Tools...... so on and so forth.
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  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Buying a lighter bike in the first place is the best revenge,adding a pile of parts then cutting pieces off the bike is one way to do things.

    Maybe hack one cylinder off? Cut it right down the middle then get a machinist to make it into a real single cylinder.

    All just thoughts.
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  12. jengel451

    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    Per a previous comment. Getting your suspension dialed in, while not pulling weight off, will make your bike "FEEL" about 50 bounds lighter.
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  13. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

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    Or if you're a rich man, give touratech a call:

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  15. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

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    Yes - I've seen it! Very nice work!

    I think there is another one as well with twin headlights? Or was that yours before? Not sure.

    Do you know if there is a guide or thread of this conversion being done somewhere? Would be an interesting read, I wonder how hard it is to relocate the instrument cluster and get it all working.
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  16. Warin

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    Umm if you go from normal forks to good upside down forks you can loose some weight there...

    Cheapest place to loose weight is on tubes and tyres .. go small and light there is cost effective. Of course the tryes may not last as long nor be as grippy...

    ------------- As others have said .. most cost effective is to buy a light bike to start with.
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  18. HoloHolo

    HoloHolo 2 wheels !!!!

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    Okay, what is the best way to get the suspension dialed in on my 800gs.

    Thanks


    Oh yeah! 2 wheels!
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  19. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Haha that's a can of worms. Short answer: ditch the rear shock and drop about 1k on a new one, then swap out the damper in the fork for either a cartridge setup or the nicer shiver 45 damper.

    Lots of threads on this here.
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  20. Brumm

    Brumm n00b

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    Thanks for this. Of course, I have thought about a lighter bike. However, twins and some hp were my requirements, and for street ABS. My other option was the KTM 690 Enduro, but ditched it for a couple of reasons. So back to the heavier bike.

    Re the weight, the second disc front wheel, lighter wheels are definitely helpful.
    As with everything, this all changes the physical balance. So I have to be somewhat careful.:norton
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