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Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by dgrs2, Dec 17, 2004.
Test riding today after a load of work. The motor was rebuilt in February, well from last September to February by a shop.
I got the post rebuild service completed as well as correcting a few things along the way. Finally got a tank of testing through it. Fuel economy is back to normal. Reset suspension settings and will fiddle those as I go along from this base setting.
Next up is fresh tires and driveline components.
Went around some “road closed - high water” signs today. Signs were right.
Water was as high as the lower triple clamp because I peeked down to see it. Possibly higher than I’m pointing here. Deepest water I’ve ever tackled on this bike.
I retreated when I got to this because of all the debris and unknown depth over such a long distance.
Sign below... Did you have the sticker?
Fixed a bunch of stuff and did another round of weight reduction to get ready for the KTM rally/ultimate race in Breckenridge in a few weeks! At least according to my scales, I am down to 225lbs front and 232 rear with 5 gallons of fuel and all the tools and such, ready to ride. While my scales might be a few lbs optimistic (probably around 15 lbs based on the last "good" scales I used), it's down 3 lbs in the back and around 10 (!) in the front vs. the last measurement with the same scales. It definitely feels it, too.
Couple of nice boat ramps there DirtyDog.
how many Lbs does that translate into the total weight of the bike?
The first time I weighed the bike with this scale, it was 518 lbs but had luggage racks (no bags) on the back along with an empty Neduro rear tank. Total weight right now is 457 lbs if you believe my scale.
That's pretty good gearhead.
Probably wise to shed those 60 lb. racks! Doesn't really add up, does it?
I see single rotor/SE master, no center standard, ...what else did you do take off? Beside the usual SAS removal,airbox etc?
Just returned from a 5 day camping trip at Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. Had a blast and managed to keep Betty upright this time
The racks and tank were just obvious things; I think they're like 20 lbs or something all together. I've done a lot more than that!
Single front brake, all the inner guts of the front tower removed and replaced with an HPDE structure, TripleClamp intake, removed SAS and EPC and converted harness to work with Trail Tech Voyager Pro gauge and stripped the harness and removed all the wires and connectors for things I didn't need, single side exhaust, holes drilled in all kinds of unimportant stuff, turn signals replaced with lighter bits, no passenger pegs, lots of plastic trim and associated hardware removed, etc. It's been such a long-term project, I don't remember everything I've done. It does still have the center stand.
Sweet! Is the front tower HDPE replacement parts custom made by you? Hope like the TripleClamp Moto's airfilter
I usually just remove my centerstand before an upcoming event/race, then spend the 5 to 10 minutes bolting it back on once I get back home. I'm also thinking about installing an EXC kickstand on mine. It would be only used for racing purposes and nothing else. It would be one of those things that gets installed before a race and removed right after, then the stock sidestand can be swapped back on for the rest of the year.
Air filter is great so far! Haven't ridden in too many dust clouds with it yet, though. I custom made the HDPE parts, yes. There is still some more room for optimization, but it's working well so far.
I used to remove my centerstand as well, but have gone back to running it all the time. It makes a good skid plate extension for when I screw up big log/rock crossings, and I've not gotten around to making something else to serve that purpose yet. I've smacked it hard enough that the tubing walls are collapsed, so I figure it has to be doing something.
I still run an AGM battery too (the bike still gets used as an adventure bike and has to start in the cold) so could drop some weight there as well with one of the lithium options.
Agreed AGM all the way for me
I changed to lithium in my 990R, killed the first one commuting daily. Next one works fine and doesn't care that I'm now retired and basically never ride except for the very occasional trip. Worked last year at below 30 and above 100 so I'm happy with it. Given I ride very simple roads. far too much tarmac and interstate, but that what keeps the paradise an island I guess?
Don't notice the weight change as the bike gets loaded for travel, (I used to ride a BMW GS Adventure so, Starbucks and all. ).
Takes me two days to change tires with a couple of rest days between wheels as an indicator of age and wear I suppose. Also working from the floor.
I need to come up with a tire changing timing device that warns me to change the bloody tires when it is coldest outside, instead of picking the random hottest day of record.
One time doing the BMW tires I was leaving pools of sweat in the garage, when it was about 109 outside. Here at the beach it was cooler by a good 20 degrees or more so at least the soaking of my clothing could keep up with the sweat.
Exhaust to single side saves about 25 -30 lbs. alone. Stock exhaust is ridiculously heavy.