I eat my R6
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bike: 03 R6, 07 R6, '10 S1000RR
Shedding weight 2003 R6
hey all. how goes the battle? i currently have a foot of snow on the ground and im already going a little bit crazy so its time to start thinking about the winters build list.
recently ive been thinking about shedding some weight from my 2003 r6. it is my dedicated track bike and has the usual done to it. ohlins rear shock, braking front rotors, vortex clipons, aluminum front fairing stay, vortex rear sets, aluminum case covers, no fans, limited switch gear, akra stainless exhaust, race bodywork and i run limited fuel during races. i am by no means a fast guy but i run mid pack in intermediate at my home town race track.
i was looking into getting a lighter rear brake disc, and was wondering what most of you are using? the rear doesnt get used so the lighter the better, haha.
do you guys know what the lightest front brake disc is thats on an affordable level?
was also thinking about getting a ballistic or some other light weight battery. im not a fan of how you have to balance the cells in most of them but i guess thats something you have to deal with isnt it haha. i had an idea to instead of running the battery during the race, just make pigtails coming from under my seat and using the battery to start the bike then removing it. would the stator be able to keep up? i know when my last battery was on the frits my gauges would flicker and turn on and off, even though the bike seemed to run fine. i never ran it on the track though in that condition so im not sure if it would work.
i have also looked for a lighter rear subframe, but havent found much. anything i did find wasnt in stock anyways! haha.
have any of you eliminated the starter all together on your r6's? that would be a decent about of weight when you remove all of the heavy wireing aswell. i know of a guy who has done this on an r1 and i believe he removed his stator aswell. in that case would you have to run a battery and charge it between races then? as the bike wouldnt have anything to charge the battery?
i know the best thing you can do is reduce rotating mass. i usually use pirelli red stripes for practice and superbikes for races. they are the tires that seem to work best at our track. i just have a hard time spending 2gs on new wheels on a bike i got for less than that. lol.
anything else you guys are doing to lose weight? i have to sort of weigh the price vs weight differences out of course. i know the best weight loss is myself, but i am a prety light weight guy already. i am about 6' 155lbs or so. i have been bulking for a month now and will be cuting down in spring before the season starts. i hope to be back around 150 or so with much less body fat.
anything else you guys and girls would suggest?