Thanks Griz. I don't recall my side covers being overly heavy at the time - it is cast aluminum right? And I did not weigh them. But I agree with you, parts replacement should equal to or lighter than stock. Thats hard to do here in ADV land. Racks, skidplates, guards, mounts etc all add up to make a bike heavy ...fast. And everybody adds that crap round here. Now if I just had a motor like yours, for some real punch.