You would have thought that the UCE engine would be a bit lighter than the previous bolt-together semi-unit incarnations. For example, less ironmongery to hold stuff together and things like the inner primary chain case being a flaring out of a crankcase half, rather than a separate bolt on assembly, etc, etc.I wonder if you could get a Bullet under 300 pounds, if you went for plastic fenders and light alloy everything else. In my youth, I had a four valve Honda 250 single that weighed in at a genuine 300 pounds - a good weight for a motorbike. I would have loved to have that machine in a bored and stroked 400cc version. That would have been a nice, nimble ride. The 250 was ok, but it didn't have enough torque to hold motorway speeds and I spent most of my riding time winding it up in fourth gear, then letting it bog down in fifth. I have to say that it was almost right though, and it gave me 80 to 90 miles per gallon.
Yes, the UCE bikes have gained a little weight, compared to the older models. My 2000 Bullet listed a curb weight of 360 lbs.....
Yes, the UCE bikes have gained a little weight, compared to the older models.My 2000 Bullet listed a curb weight of 360 lbs.After setting up my bike with solo seat and aftermarket muffler and such, it's probably down around 330 lbs. The stock muffler on these bikes weighs a ton.I'm not really sure where the extra weight is on the UCE, and I have to assume it's in the power unit, because the rest is very similar to the older bikes.But in any case, it's still a manageable weight, even if a bit porky compared to the older models.If I were to pick out the most comparable Japanese competitor, that isn't really a dirt bike with a new name, I'd pick the Suzuki S40 Boulevard 600 single, at a curb weight of 381 pounds. http://www.suzuki-bikes.com/2010-suzuki-boulevard-s40/. So, the G5 would be about 30 pounds heavier than that, but the old Bullets over 20 pounds lighter.Times change, things get heavier, it seems.
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