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Adventure Bike Builds under 400 lbs

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by 2on2off, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Cant complain about 420lb. Great stuff.
  2. duggram

    duggram Sunrise Bahia de LA Supporter

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  3. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Very interesting. I'm really surprised that the one scale works like that
  4. Bill Dirt

    Bill Dirt Trooper

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    I thought the T7 would be a natural progression from the WR but after sitting on it and seeing how heavy it is I am thinking the 701 would suit me. My fear is the maintenance though, I can't be trusted on anything beyond tire / oil changes and chain maintenance.
  5. duggram

    duggram Sunrise Bahia de LA Supporter

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    I realize this is probably preaching to the choir, but I got one of the early T7 and sold it a few weeks later. I already had a 701 that's been to Baja twice and off road locally a lot. The T7 was fear inducing just pushing it around the garage and dropping it off road was hopeless for me. I had to use a bike jack to get it backup. But I did enjoy riding it on the highway, however not that much more than the 701. Also the maintenance on both bikes is about the same. As much as I wanted to keep both bikes I couldn't see the expense, I'm retired and keeping both would put a strain on my budget. My original plan for getting the T7 was to sell the 701 to pay off the loan on the T7. Unfortunately the T7 wouldn't have been as good off road which makes up a lot of my riding. So the T7 had to go. Now I'm looking forward to the Norden 501.

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  6. timeOday

    timeOday Long timer

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    Also the T7 isn't even close to fitting in this thread, weight-wise.
    Not slamming you for sharing your experience, just agreeing that it's in a different class.
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  7. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    I'm not sure what you experienced but I have a '14 500 EXC that hasn't had any modifications to either the fuel injection or exhaust. Starts easy at any temperature and elevation, the throttle action is sharp, and it has all the power I need. Maybe there were charges between 12 and 14. I can't think of any reason to spend money on the FI or exhaust system.
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  8. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    I can finally contribute to this thread since my 950SE is just over the requirements. Here is my new to me 2015 FE501S which Cycle World says weighs 251lbs with fuel, stock tank though. This is on my maiden voyage with it that was four days of camping that required extra layers and my under quilt for the hammock. Temps got below freezing at least one night, which required bringing extra items. I would say that all my gear added an additional 15-20lbs max. I also had a lightweight backpack to carry some additional cold weather gear. Trying to keep it very ADV-F. When temps are above freezing I can get rid of the backpack and have more than ample room in this setup for multiple days. Not sure of the exact weight, but should be under 300lbs with this setup. Prepping for the TAT on this bike this summer so I plan to slim down my packing even more. All in the name of unencumbered roosting. :thumb

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  9. Rickcaccia

    Rickcaccia Adventurer Supporter

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    62039769686__D08CCF37-5C2E-4EC4-8778-A94C804353F3.JPG Our team of bikes all sub 400lbs ... EXC 500, EXC 350, 390RR race and a pair of WR250rs .... we did a quick 3 day 500 plus miles in VT and NH ... weather was less less then optimal but still better then work.