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Old 04-17-2007, 05:20 AM   #1
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Default Ladies and gentleman, the official results of the 2007 KLR650 weigh in....

These numbers should be considered absolute fact, for the 2007 KLR anyway.
I am a machinist with more than a touch of OCD, so I am very picky about the method I use to obtain measurements.

To test the weight of the KLR I used an Intercomp race car weight distribution scale. A 12"x 12" scale plate goes under each tire, the plates are plugged into a digital readout, they are zeroed before weighted, they will then tell where the weight is distributed and the total weight.

The best way I could practically test the scale is to weigh myself. First I weighed myself on a grain scale( it may have other names), basically it looks the a bigger version of the scale at the doctors office. You zero it unweighted, then add counter weights to balance the pointer.
I weighed myself on this scale, 227lbs., I walked directly to the auto scale, that read 228lbs.. I went to the gym after work( a few hours later), weighed myself on the gym scale( just like the doctors office), that read 228lbs..

I went back to work with the bike, stopped for gas, filled the gas tank to the neck, and drove the remaining 1 mile to work. I then double checked that all the fluids were at the full level.

Neither drinking nor excreting any fluids from the gym, I weighed myself again on the auto scale, 228lbs.. I would consider this scale at worst accurate within +/- 1lb.

I zeroed both plates, placed the bike tires as close to center of the plates as visually possible, balanced the bike so I was not adding or subtracting any weight, then wrote down the numbers. I repeated this twice and got the same numbers.

My point is, I didn't use my bathroom scale, this should be very accurate.
This bike is all stock, one month old 2007, 500 miles.
The front tire weight: 186lbs.
The back tire weight: 225lbs.
total: 411lbs.

FYI, you can do the math to calc. dry weight.
1 gallon of water equals 8.33 lbs.
1 gallon of gasoline equals 5.8 to 6.5 lbs.
1 gallon of used motor oil equals 7 lbs.
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:25 AM   #2
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:01 AM   #3
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... more than a touch of OCD...
Um, do you think?

Great info... now please go find a 2008 and repeat so we know the real weight of that too!
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:19 AM   #4
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Whats that in kg's?

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Ps What do you guess the dry weight would be?
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:02 AM   #5
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Whats that in kg's?

Hein

Ps What do you guess the dry weight would be?
well doin the math

1.3L coolant = 2.9lbs
2.5L oil = 4.6lbs
6gal gas at average 6lbs a gallon = 36lbs

addem up = 43.5lbs and subtract from 411 = 367.5lbs Dry

So I guess 386lbs (net +18.5lbs) for the 2008 seems realistic to me anyway.
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:17 AM   #6
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That is very close to what I got, 414 lbs with stock tank full of gas and fluids.
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:58 AM   #7
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They weigh more with the Eagle Mike doohickey.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:43 AM   #8
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well doin the math

1.3L coolant = 2.9lbs
2.5L oil = 4.6lbs
6gal gas at average 6lbs a gallon = 36lbs

addem up = 43.5lbs and subtract from 411 = 367.5lbs Dry

So I guess 386lbs (net +18.5lbs) for the 2008 seems realistic to me anyway.
Sure makes one wonder where Kawasaki got their 337 lbs. number from?

https://www.kawasaki./Products/Detail...specifications
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:47 AM   #9
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400+ lbs I knew she was heavy, but damn!

No go figure the COG, with the max tilt angle in relation to when my short ass will drop the heavy bitch. Or something like that.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:49 AM   #10
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Sure makes one wonder where Kawasaki got their 337 lbs. number from?

https://www.kawasaki./Products/Detail...specifications
Maybe they subtracted the fork oil, battery and whatever else they could to make it "dry"?
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Did you wash the bike before you weighed it?
What was the relative humidity of the atmosphere and the last time the bike saw water?
Do you have straight nitrogen in your tires, or air? Also, what PSI were both of the tires?

JK...thanks for the info. The 'dry' weight from Kawasaki is off I would say

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Old 04-17-2007, 09:06 AM   #12
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Well that's actually lighter than I thought it would be.
Thanks.

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Old 04-17-2007, 10:31 AM   #13
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well doin the math

1.3L coolant = 2.9lbs
2.5L oil = 4.6lbs
6gal gas at average 6lbs a gallon = 36lbs

addem up = 43.5lbs and subtract from 411 = 367.5lbs Dry

So I guess 386lbs (net +18.5lbs) for the 2008 seems realistic to me anyway.
So looking at the specs so kindly produced by Electroken here, the '08 model (dry weight=386) is 19 lbs heavier.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:40 AM   #14
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With all of the farkles and crap that I have on mine it must weigh about the same as a Harley bagger.

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Old 04-17-2007, 12:32 PM   #15
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:38 PM   #16
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well then, im proud of myself for being able to lift that bike up after crashing as much as i did,before i broke my leg.
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:58 PM   #17
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The dry weight is just that, dry. No gas, coolant, fork oil, brake fluid, or motor oil, and at 337 lbs, no battery. The dry weight is supposed to be what it weighs just after assembly. The dry weight is completely different than curb weight, or what the bike weighs when it is ready to start up and ride.
Not that it really matters for most of us who put on after market parts like skid plates, and other "armor". If you want a light bike, buy a KLX.

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Did you wash the bike before you weighed it?
What was the relative humidity of the atmosphere and the last time the bike saw water?
Do you have straight nitrogen in your tires, or air? Also, what PSI were both of the tires?

JK...thanks for the info. The 'dry' weight from Kawasaki is off I would say

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Ya know, I was going to post those figures because it would effect the weight of the fluids, but I figured that would be a bit much.

It was 3:30 am April 17, the temperature was 78 degrees, 17 feet above sea level. Sorry I did not get the relative humidity or barometric pressure.
I still have the factory air in the tires(that's right, all original), 22psi, the fuel was 93 octane from the Stripes on Agnes and Old Robstown.

I had just finished detailing the bike friday, I did quite a bit of beach riding saturday but rinsed the salt film and sand from the bike saturday night, there was approximately .03 grams of insect carrion still remaining on the front extremities of the bike from my 6.25 hour ride saturday. I removed the "Kawasaki" sticker from the front fairing.
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So looking at the specs so kindly produced by Electroken here, the '08 model (dry weight=386) is 19 lbs heavier.
plus add the additional 30lbs that's normally shaved off.
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Whats that in kg's?

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Ps What do you guess the dry weight would be?
Why does anyone care what the dry weight is? You can't ride the damn thing dry can you? The only weight that makes a difference comparatively speaking is the curb weight.
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