I weighed her yesterday bone stock (minus the left side passenger peg) full of fuel at a scant 430 lbs. I will begin removing all likenesses of street form, safety wiring and modifying until my fingers hurt.
We can make her better, we have the technology.....
In stock trim:
Most of the stuff is here. I will need to source a front triple tree stand so as to remove the forks and ship them off to be gutted. The Ohlins rear needs a new spring for my weight and more to come.
WooHoo! She is now officially 25.4 pounds lighter than yesterday. Many thanks to Tarheelguy for his help and advice on removing bits-n-pieces. If all my weights and calculations are correct, The SV is down to 404.6 pounds fully fueled and race-ready.
I bet most of that weight was in the exhaust? I know when I changed from stock to CarbonFiber/Ti exhaust on my RC it was about 21lbs (two cans though).
Believe it or not, the difference between the exhaust weights was only 14 ounces. I did not opt for the uber-titanium-carbon-fiber Leo Vince. Instead, I got Aluminum w/ stainless pipes. The price vs. gain just wasn't worth the extra money.
The largest loss in weight was from the bodywork. All of the hotbodies combined weighs 15 pounds less than the upper and rear cowl of the SV.
I went with the full system for two reasons. First, it prevented me from having to cut the oem, and the price of a s/o vs. the full system was quite small. The full Leo Vince only set me back about $600.
Okay, Hotbodies officially sucks dingleberries! After much deliberation and multiple words, the lower will not match with the upper. Three of us in my garage trying to fit the bodywork accomplished nothing. I will be on the phone with them today and this will be resolved, or I'll video the burning of their bodywork, post it on youtube and paste the link in every forum I am a member of.
I've personally had 2 experiences with Hotbodies (RC51 and 748) and can confirm your suspicions, yes they suck. The only way they stay in business is by going super low price and if you're lucky they'll fit. Then you only have to deal with the million pinholes that need filling and the sanding, re-contouring & shaping and manhandling into place.
(Although I have no proof of it) I really suspect Hotbodies makes their skins using thin plastic vacuum forms of stock bodywork. I think the inherent flexibility of those forms are what causes much of their skins to not fit.
I may be way off base but have pondered about making skins myself and tried to understand both the best ways and the cheapest ways of forming.
Seems like a viable way of doing things IF you spray hardeners onto the outside of the forms, building up layers of strength until they no longer flex. Then you could lay up the positive forms and epoxy/glass with solid negatives.
If I win the lottery tonight I will go into racebody production. After a year of touring and sluffing. Will get a CNC machine too.
Thats what duct-tape,safety wire and wire ties are for - your a RACER NOW MAN ! -
Fitment is gonna suck... Any one could have told you that. But it gets better... when you crash they disinegrate into nothing. Drill some holes, grind some stuff down and rattle can that baby... She'll look just fine when your stuck between 40 other bikes on the track...
hehehe... that's me making a referrence to you running at the back of the pack... hahaha!