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Tag Archives: DBz dirt bagz

Final weigh-in before the event

7 Mar

If you’ve been reading this you’ve seen that I’m keeping track of weight gains and losses on the bike. With all the extra parts for protection and lugging, I would like to net out at a zero weight gain to the bike by replacing parts with lighter versions (e.g., exhaust pipe) and just tossing unneeded parts, like passenger pegs. The big things I could weigh individually, but the little stuff just got thrown into a bag to weigh later, like today. So here’s the bag ‘o junk – old turn signals, bar-end weights, passenger pegs, upper chain roller, piece off the clutch lever, etc. – and the weight savings, 5 pounds. As of the February 23 post the bike had gained 1 pound. Not bad considering the tail rack, surf racks, skid plate, luggage rack, etc. But with this savings we were at a 4 pound loss, but.

The DBz Flat Top Duffle tail bag came in today; that’s another 2 pounds. (The DBz stuff is really light.) And I finally weighed the magnetic (heavy) tank bag I already had (and had never used because my Ducatis have either plastic or aluminum tanks); 5 pounds! So the 4 pound loss has turned into a 3 pound gain, and there’s not much more I can do without spending a lot of money, as in hundreds per pound. Better to lose some weight myself!

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Surf Racks Mounted

6 Mar

Mounting the Carver surf rack to the Manracks tail rack was almost straightforward. As you can see in this pic, one bolt looks different from the other. The Carver rack mounting bolts are LONG, and would drill into the fender, so I replaced the left side bolt with a shorter one, about 3″. Not seen here is that I put a third bolt in the center. That one is even shorter. It’s a solid mount.

You can see that the Carver surf racks clear the DBz luggage racks nicely. That was a relief.

Big Day – Rack Arrived

23 Feb

Tail rack from Manracks. The foundation for attaching the surfboard racks, as well as a place for luggage, probably the largest bag (the DBz Flat Top Duffle).

Big day, because the tail rack is the key component needed to getting this SurfMoto thing going. The surf racks bolt to it, and once the surf racks are on I need to make sure the DBz side luggage racks fit along with the new pipe. All good stuff; it’ll work out. This is the ManRacks rack. It weights 1.5#, so with the savings from the DG pipe With everything installed I’m currently at a net weight savings of 6#. BUT, I haven’t installed the surf rack, and that weighs 7#, so that puts it at a 1# gain…until the hand guards and luggage arrives. I can remove the foot pegs, for maybe a pound or so, but there’s not many more places to cut weight. Except from my own body.