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There simply aint much you can do to lighten an XT. Simply because there aint nothing you can remove from them.These are very basic bikes to begin with,and what ever is on them is there for a reason.
Changeing exhaust and rims are probably the only thing that will save you some weight,what ever you gain from it will be marginal and you have to take a look inside your wallet and figure out if you think it´s worth it
The rims are probably the best thing to have a look at since they can start to "chip" on the inside due to corrotion, and that will give you a puncture when the inner tube rubbs against it.
And if you are having them replaced go for a set of Heavy duty spokes to keep your wheel nice and tight.
Modifying the XT is more about makeing it more comfortable and fit to your needs than saveing weight, at least that is how I see it.
Good luck and have fun (at the end of the day that´s why we ride isn´t it?)
9. Replace some bolts with Aluminium in unstressed locations -
may not be a good idea for serious offroading, due to differing metal strengths [Lovely DR riders]
Carefull with aluminum... it's alot softer/ more liable to shear ( as you've mentioned above) but also steel and alu don't mix.... you need to isolate them, when aluminum and steel are in direct contact, accelerated corrosion will occur.
When looking at the cost of replacing parts for aftermarket/lighter weight ones; concider the weight savings compared to the fatc that an extra 200-500 GB pounds is another few weeks on the road.
Also as others say, look at the gear weight. Have a google search for lightweight hiking and "thru hiking" some good resources there for you clothing and cooking, sleeping kit. etc.
Some of it is a bit extreme but have a look and saving some weight in one part so you can carry a more comfortable something else (i.e. sleeping mat - gotta get a good nights sleep) or whatever.
Protential for some massive weight savings. Some of it will be pricey ( worth it????) some won't be.
Get a set of electronic kitchen scales and start weighing everything (tools etc as well) It startes to give you a greater idea of exactly where the weight is and maybe where you can (and can't ) save weight.
By doing this i was able to get my hiking pack down to just under 6 kilos ( plus food) for a 6 day hike. This included my clothing , pack, cooking pots/cooker, tent, sleeping bag the lot.
Just depends on how keen you are about it. A good balance for you is there somewhere
What on earth is the point in saving a few grams on a bike that weighs, what, 165kg dry? And that's before you load it up with luggage and petrol and oil! I would put money on you not being able to tell the difference between a loaded XT that weighed even five or ten kilos less and one that hadn't been stripped down by riding them!
Personally I'd keep the steel wheels as they are strong and easily fixed in the middle of nowhere. But I have no experience of ally wheels, so...
Not to badmouth the DR boys, but cutting down your side stand to save weight sounds totally daft. In soft sand/earth the increased incline of the bike is just going increase the chances of your bike toppling over. In fact the sensible thing to do to your side stand is weld some more flat onto the foot to give it more stability in soft ground, a mod I will eventually get round to
The bars though, definately worth getting a good set, I finally got some renthals after destroying two sets of Yamaha OE bars.
Dieting: A joke, but actually there's a good point here. Don't diet but do some strength training. This'll help you control an inevitably heavy bike in the soft stuff.
Removing a mirror? Well, it's all personal I suppose but in many parts of the world I'd want as much of a view of what was charging up behind me as possible!
I reckon at the end of the day the way to save weight is to take less crap in your luggage. I took WAY too much stuff on my big trip. Think about what you REALLY need and what is just pointless luxury or being over cautious in terms of tools and spares. A time honoured way of limiting your guff is to buy smaller luggage, time hounored because it does actually work!
PS- Pointless modifying is a common hobby amongst all sorts of enthusiasts. (You should see the twatting about mountain bikers get up to). But you should ask yourself whether you are doing it for fun or because you really need to, what the associated costs are and what you could more usefully spend the money on.
*Disclaimer* - I am not saying my bike is better than your bike. I am not saying my way is better than your way. I am not mocking your religion/politics/other belief system. When reading my post imagine me sitting behind a frothing pint of ale, smiling and offering you a bag of peanuts. This is the sentiment in which my post is made. Please accept it as such!
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