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Old Apr 23rd 2017, 01:57 AM   #1
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Well not that technical but fun.....

For those that know me I have become obsessed with the challenge of making my bike lighter. When the forum started there were a couple guys doing this and I did not understand it that much but now I am a convert. I think my good buddy Gecko is a bad influence.

Anyway spent this afternoon taking another 75 grams off the bike by making these carbon fibre parts to replace the original DP ones for the rear number plate.

I bought the 300mm x 200mm x 1mm Gloss carbon sheet from some site called Banggood which is like a Chinese ebay site. Less than $10 USD.

Bit of measuring and dremel work and two new CF pieces. Nothing beats hand making pieces for your bike. IMHO.

Bike whispering.

PS. 5.5 grams less with some Proti fuel cap screws.
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Old Apr 23rd 2017, 09:52 AM   #2
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Why not try a diet its far cheaper
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Old Apr 23rd 2017, 05:28 PM   #3
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Why not try a diet its far cheaper

Thanks for the idea, you are the first one in the 5 years I have been on the forum that ever said that.

I just do not understand how me losing weight will make my motorcycle lighter.

Should I eat some carbon fibre ??
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 08:46 AM   #4
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I don't understand why people don't take this seriously. Not only is the rider going to receive all the benefits from gaining a healthier lifestyle (mobility, strength,stamina) the bike will get a better power/weight ratio as a byproduct. You can have an SL and that won't mean jack if you are overweight. Now I'm not saying that you are overweight but I would look into a mirror before dropping ridiculous amounts of money on bike parts. Now if you are in shape then yes opt for light weight parts/gear.
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 09:30 AM   #5
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That is the wrong approach. Technical revolution is for the people and not the other way 'round. I bought a strong and light bike so I do NOT need to watch my weight.
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 10:12 AM   #6
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If you are relying on the engineers to compensate for your lack of health choices that is the wrong approach. They, as well as the FIT test riders, engineer the bike to perform the best possible under their chosen circumstances. They did not develop the panigale for 250+lbs riders. Name one overweight rider in WSBK, MotoGP or any other professional level series? Riders know that being fit is an essential part of racing.
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 11:12 AM   #7
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All I know is I had to put a lighter spring setup in the rear shock on my 1299S.
Who ate all the pies? Not me, I ain't no fat bastard lol
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 11:31 AM   #8
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Name one overweight rider in WSBK, MotoGP or any other professional level series?
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 11:35 AM   #9
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For those who need smileys to convey additional level of communication: I was trying to be funny. My bad.

But John McGuiness is no joke!
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Old Apr 24th 2017, 11:37 AM   #10
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John is a freak of nature by the way!
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