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post #1 of 24 Old 10-22-2015, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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How much does your KLR weigh?

I thought this might be an interesting sort of survey.

I weighed my bike in 'ready to load' configuration. No panniers, bags, or tools put on, though I did weigh it with the tank wrap on and the Molle bags installed, but nothing in the bags. The tank wrap is always on, so it's a part of the bike.

The tank was pretty much empty.

I got 190 lbs on the front tire and 235 pounds on the rear for a total of 425 pounds.

It's a 2009 with an IMS tank and a CycleRacks rack on the back. There are plenty of mods to the bike, but no other mods that would significantly change the weight.

I used a bathroom scale under the tire to get the weight; close enough.

How about yours? Have you done any mods to reduce weight?

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post #2 of 24 Old 10-22-2015, 04:02 PM
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Interesting read, go to post 169 on the last page; What do they really weigh? | Page 9 | Adventure Rider

Klr's are far from light.....but sometimes they get unfairly penalized for things they offer that some other bikes don't....like 6 galls of fuel and decent range, a windscreen and a luggage rack.

I didn't weigh mine (might still) but from that link a stock Gen1 KLR with nothing added but a full tank of fuel is 399 lbs. I've weighed the parts for several changes I've made and I've deducted the fuel weight so comparisons are more accurate;

399 lbs
-36 lbs of fuel = 363 lbs wet, no fuel

I've swapped the silencer for an FMF Q4 (11.7 lbs for the stocker vs. 5.7 lbs for the FMF = another 6 lbs

I've swapped the battery for an LiFePo unit (10.8 lbs vs. 2.2 lbs) for another 8.6 lbs.

IMS tank; weight is close but the loss of the shrouds and related hardware....overall another 2 lbs.

I've removed the passenger pegs and brackets, factory toolkit, snorkle and cover, chain "guard", licence plate light and bracket etc...another 5lbs or so. ...then there are some mods that are likely "weight neutral" like the alum bars and handguards, my fancy hybrid rear sprocket, skidplate, etc.

I've added weight with the 320mm front brake rotor, adaptor and SV caliper (and it's worth every ounce! Didn't weight that one!


Overall my bikes ought to weigh in at about 345 - 350 lbs (wet, no fuel).....no lightweights but not bad considering a state-0f-the-art KTM 690 Enduro is 308 lbs and has a 2.5 gal tank, no windscreen, no real luggage rack and will never last 100,000 miles without engine work....

Every so often, someone goes nutz trying to lighten a KLR beyond the simple things I've done but even after they've stripped it down to nothing and it looks like a half finished bike, it never can be truly lightweight and the guy inevitably gives up, sells it and buys something else......with an engine that weighs 125lbs, there is only so much you can do!


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Thanks Dave! A very informative post.

I didn't do a run-down of my weight changing mods as I didn't think they made a huge difference, but your post points out that stuff adds up.

I have a Gixxer pipe on mine, have removed the passenger foot pegs and some other extraneous stuff.

When the battery dies I'll try a LiFePo as that is a significant savings.

I've got some stuff up front that could come off; I put an alarm on the bike years ago and never use it.

The CycleRack is probably pretty heavy but I wouldn't be without it.

The IMS 10 is pretty heavy compared to the stock tank, but with nerf bars and the stock tank it would be heavier.

I might be able to strip 10-15 pounds off of the thing and I think I'll look into that one of these days. At least I have a baseline.

I don't think mine will ever be as light as yours is...

Who else has got some scoop?

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Yeah the battery is the simplest and easiest way to loose weight on a KLR and it's fairly high in the chassis too. No real downsides I can see except for a thinner wallet!

the battery, silencer and not putting 40 lbs of fuel in the tank for a 2 hour ride made the biggest differences for me.

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Just weighed a stone stock 2015 with approximately 2 gallons of fuel.
Old 'spring' style bathroom scale.
183 pounds on Front. 220 pounds on Back. 403 pounds total.
403 minus 2 gallon fuel = about 391 pounds.
I'll try to get my '87 -A1 in this weekend.

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Black Betty is turning out to be quite a porker, ain't she?

I'll be interested to hear what yours weighs, Paul. It felt so light.

Of course, I had 60 pounds of fuel on board, about 30 in the back bag, 10 or so in the panniers, and at least another 10 wrapped around the tank.

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Black Betty is quite the cool pet name.

Like everyone, I've always named them after a lady. I ain't sittin' on no man.

Betsy is the name that always stuck so most of my bikes have carried the same name.

In this case, the batcycle named itself the day I put on Lockjaw's ATV seat cover.
The ribbed design changed the whole look of the thing. I already had stripped off
every decal (it doesn't even say Kawasaki anywhere other than the vin plate), blacked
out most of the silver stuff on the '09's, and thus the batcycle was born. Plus, the woods
next to the house have a tiny cutout to the road that is overhung by branches so I
have a "secret entrance" just like our bud, Bruce Wayne. It's cool to just dissappear
from view too. LOL To any other traffic on our road, they'd see a bike go down the
dip in the road and not reappear on the upside a hundred feet later. Hehehehehe

Weight isn't an issue for me. After a Goldwing and two Harleys these are featherweights.
Then again the XL 600 R and DR 650 both weighed less and acted like it with no fairing
up front to hinder offroad steering on loose-pack. I keep my tank close to full, steel crashbars
and highway pegs, and all the factory stock heavy stuff other than the 9 oz octopus and accompanying attachments.

Mine's fine as it is. Daydreaming of lighter, faster, better happens from time to time tho to
be fair. Still, I got away from the XL and DR families for a more streetable dual sport.
More streetable= more weight.

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Black Betty is turning out to be quite a porker, ain't she?
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thats the beauty of klrs; they can be many things for many people. I built mine to run with (and pass!) the DRs, XRLs and even run with the DRZs and 690s....all while retaining the legendary KLR simplicity and longevity...i appear to have succeeded. ;-)

KLRs are very versatile and easy to mould into what you want them to be...the difference between my offroad modded KLRs and a stockish gen2 with full luggage is huge given that they are largely the same basic bike.

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