Hi everyone! I’m new to the forum and the bike too, (still don’t own it, but putting together the last euros) but I already fantasize about making it super light. I mean Graham Jarvis-grade work, trying to find as many lighter parts keeping high-quality standards and, who knows, trying to build some pieces by myself. If anyone has the same interest let me know!
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I’m quite skinny so can’t really work on body weight. But I like an agile bike, and at little over 150 kg the vitpilen makes a great starting point to work on in my opinion. After a little clean-up from unuseful parts and switching oem with lighter parts, the LC4 would be pushing even more with a minor work from the single front disk (which I think should do a better job sometimes). Considering the few powerparts available and my little knowledge about pure home engine tuning, I think that would be the best way to get a better Power/Weight ratio.</p>
Welcome brother. I am working on it. So far weight wise, I’ve dumped the cat, swapped the oem battery for lithium, and put on the bar end mirrors. I haven’t weighed anything but I would guess that’s in the range of -10 or 12 lbs.
Next week has a holiday in US and I am going to lose the rear hugger for a tail tidy and swap the rear sprocket to aluminum while lowering the gearing ratio. Probably at least a pound or two in that.
The bike at stock is already much lighter than any of my other bikes, and it just gets better and better as it gets lighter.
There is a great thread in the 401 section you should check out where johnnylightning is replacing everything he can for weight. He’s weighing everything as he goes and posting pix on the scales. His bike is looking fucking sick too. Not all the bits from the 401 fit the 701, but as you probably know a lot of the duke 690 parts will fit (tho it has a different frame, body work, & airbox etc).