The DR350 and I go on a diet

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  1. hondabtr

    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    Almost forgot..... Old me
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    New me -18 pounds!!!
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    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    Awesome man!
  3. CDN Rick

    CDN Rick Canoodia Eh?

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    AMAZING!!! Nice work!
    You inspired me and I'm down 5lbs myself this month. It feels great!
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    BigWrench Been here awhile

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    Great Job.
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  5. Tygen1

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    I think we are all hoping it's under 250

  6. hondabtr

    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    Street legal now. Transferrable Vermont registration. Next step convert to Wisconsin title
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  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Can you walk me through how you did it? That thread has gotten so big that it's hard to find out what I need.
  8. hondabtr

    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    Here ya go Jeff. Go to Vermont DMV site. Go to forms. Download application for registration, Vermont bill of sale, and a VIN verification. I have one of my buddies do the bill of sale form to me since Vermont just don't care. I then have a cop buddy ( or any LEO) fill out the VIN verification form. I was a cop for 20 years so I still have some connections to cops that don't need to actually see the vehicle. I then fill out the registration application. The plates are $48, there is a 6% tax on the value, mine always seems to be the $500 minimum ($30 tax) I mail it in with a check and 6 weeks later presto chango. I then take the Vermont transferrable registration to my DMV, apply for a title and registration as if I just moved into state, pay the fees and get a title and registration.

    I have changed it into state titles right away, left it as a Vermont tag for 4 years and rode it (NEVER had a problem with cops), done a 51 Metro van this way, and have done it for just engines. I have a whole system to get the VIN derived from an engine number, I will tell anyone in a PM how I did it. Probably done 15-17 the Vermont way. I have the new project on the way there for plating right now.
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  9. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Great, thanks for simplifying that all up for me!
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    And I should add that you can legally sell it to someone just by signing on the back of the registration, the buyer then sends it to Vermont and gets it changed to him, the the buyer can either change it to a title or drive it with Vermont registration. It has been my experience that people are itchy about not having a title but some people are familiar with the Vermont thing. God bless Vermont, they do love those fees and I'm happy to give it to them.

    And i have had a couple hillbilly clerks bark about having to have a title. Hold your ground and explain there IS no title. I usually bring them around by asking " So you're telling me if someone moves here from Vermont they cant switch to our title and plates? What are they supposed to do with the vehicle". And if all else fails tell them YOU just moved here from Vermont.
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    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Good tip! Did you see my post about the aluminum kickstand from a YZ250X?
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    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    I did, and its a great idea, but I had already had Rebuilder make me one out of chrome moly. Too bad no one has a gram scale so I can see how much it REALLY saves. I'm sure its a significant number.
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    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Gram scales are a little hard to come by around here. LOL
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    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    Say what? I paid $7.25 for mine shipped to the door. Plus it comes in handy for weed sales :johntm
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  15. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Great thread. Looking forward to seeing the final number. I saw a guy on youtube weighing his DR650 with two scales and then with one scale, once on the front and once on the rear and adding it up. He came to almost the same number. I'd be interested to see if that technique works the same for you.

    I'm trying to get a fairly accurate number because I screwed up and bought a U trailer hitch with a max tongue weight of 350lbs. This might be a problem if I use a U hitch carrier which weighs around 36 lbs.

    I've dropped quite a bit of weight off my DR350SE, nothing like the level you're doing though and ended up at 318.8 but I'm also about 1 1/2 gallons shy of a full Acerbis tank. So I need to empty the tank and see where I end up.

    After you've posted your totals, it would be cool to see what simple mods others have done and where they end up weight wise, with oil and no fuel.
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    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    I did it with two scales in the beginning. I think I messed up because I later learned that you need to put something under the kickstand to make the bike more upright when it's on the scales. Plus, with analog scales I noted the hash marks are hard to read accurately. Mine was 297 with oil and no gas. I'll be using a race car 4 corner scale set up for the final. It's far more accurate than the analog scales.
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    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    I increased the capacity of my hitch by adding two more receivers to the hitch and two more 1 1/2" tubes to the hitch carrier. ( so it's like 3 across) It handled a Tiger 800 all the way to the Black Hills like a champ.
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  18. hondabtr

    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    Alrighty then. It's a long list so for the TL:DR go directly to end.
    Straight up gone forever:
    passenger& kick switch brackets 132
    Mirrors 619
    subframe 1726
    grab handle 791
    sprocket guard 93
    toolbox and tools 541
    kick stand safety switch 134
    rear pegs 1231
    speedo tach key 850
    front signals 493
    horn 260
    front reflectors 82
    high/low switch 178
    passenger and kick switch brackets 132
    rear stop switch 17
    speedo cable guide 351
    chain guard 250
    Reduced:
    Headlight 710 412 -298
    Headlight shroud plastic 217 125 - 92
    Headlight brackets 446 134 -312
    wiring harness 588 127 -461
    adjustment snails 180 66 - 114
    front sprocket 181 145 -36
    top motor mounts 112 94 -18
    chain 1570 1494 -76
    fender and light 1050 470 - 580
    seat 2115 1704 -411
    battery 2527 450 -2077
    battery rack 525 255 -270
    rec/reg bracket 339 307 -32
    gas shield 419 5 -414
    air boot 311 291 -20
    carb 695 664 -29
    rear caliper 874 737 -137
    kick stand 574 432 -142
    front hub 681 566 -115
    foot pegs and mount 1184 769 -415
    throttle 146 125 -21
    clutch perch/lever 172 131 -41
    front master 394 301 -93
    handlebars 1175 629 -546
    speedo drive and cable 331 19 -312
    fender front 568 223 -345
    front mounts 65 58 -7
    rear mount 33 29 -4
    throttle cable bracket 53 33 -20
    rear sprocket 648 304 -344
    Rear hub 2635 1542 -1093
    fork tubes 9064 9027 -36
    muffler 3513 2978 -535
    Front inner tube 625 360 -265
    rear inner tube 795 360 -435
    front caliper 857 674 -183
    caliper bolts 44 26 -18
    rear axle spacers 81 27 -54
    front axle spacer 52 18 - 34
    front axle cap 49 43 -6
    rear brake lever 349 276 -73
    rear master 300 196 -104
    front brake line 230 166 -64
    rear brake line 120 84 36
    airbox no flap 1028 859 169
    Battery box 472 255 -217
    gas tank 3694 2345 -1349
    petcock 187 112 -75
    triple trees 2422 2072 -350
    engine mount spacers 39 29 -10
    shock reservoir bracket 64 52 -12
    left grip 62 34 -28
    clutch cable bracket 31 28 -3
    Tank bracket 110 30 -80
    swingarm pivot 239 165 - 74
    rear axle nut 38 24 -14

    AND THE GRAND TOTAL IS: 20,979 grams AKA 46.25 lbs.. The actual weight of the bike cannot be calculated from this number. I added Rox risers and I'm sure I forgot something, but this will do for my donation.
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    hondabtr Been here awhile

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    And here is the promised donation for the bike:
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    And here comes the blatant begging. If you got any enjoyment or learned anything from this thread, would you please consider making a donation to the Steel Shoe fund? It can be as little as $1.00. If you do, please put a note that you are from ADVrider
    http://www.steelshoefund.org/

    Should I keep going on bodyweight goal? Last weigh in was -18 lbs but I don't think 46 lbs is in the cards
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  20. chasbo

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    This has been a fantastic thread! Personally, I think you should continue with your personal weight goal. OK, you might not hit 46 pounds, but every pound you do lose will make it easier to ride and live with a little more comfort. I am in my 50's and have broken my back twice and my neck once in mountain bike accidents and recently, over a three year period have gone from 270 down to 210. It was seriously hard work. There were weeks where I didn't lose a thing and even gained back a little that I had lost, but ultimately all the hard work has paid off. In any case, remember that it's a marathon and not a sprint. Congrats to you for losing what you have so far. It is hard work!
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