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OK, I got a bathroom scale. I don't know how much stock I put in this "bathroom scale bike weighing technique", but regardless I think it can give us an idea on what we're dealing with. Based upon the feedback we can realistically say that the DRZ400 wet with 2 gallons of fuel is approximately 300lbs.
Well, I got a really accurate scale (a tanita) and weighed the front tire and then the back tire with the bike perfectly balanced. The tank was virtually full. It holds 2.6 gallons and I know it has over 2 gallons in it. I don't know how accurate the combined front and rear weights are, but here are the results:
FRONT = 129
268 pounds wet! Pretty impressive, isn't it? This means the Cannondale E440 is approximately 32lbs lighter than the DRZ400! I still can't stress enough that the weight on this bike is much lower (due to the full tank location) causing it to feel a lot lighter than an XR400R and DRZ400 etc. Isn't it interesting how all along I was saying "It feels 30lbs lighter than an XR400!"? I laid it over again in the garage and lifted it up and it feels like an XR250R. This bike feels a lot lighter than it is - and it's already light! My friend was just out with his 2002 KTM 520EXC and the Cannondale E440 feels lighter than it, and his bikes FEELS LIGHT!
I have some amazing results to report from my last ride in regards to the power, suspension, handling, shifting, clutch and insight into the mystery of why this bike keeps getting better and better.
P.S. More and more each day I am discovering that the only issue (and I mean THE ONLY ISSUE) with this bike is the reliability. This bike is so far ahead of it's time I feel honored to own one let alone be writing about it...
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