If I junked both mudguards, replacing the front one with a motocross-style high fender, the rear having LED lights integrated into the seat, and a lighter exhaust system [suggestions?], how much weight could I save?
About 4-5% / 20-25# tops and it would still weight in the neighborhood of 525 pounds.
Would one notice the difference? Maybe.
That hefty steel frame and loveable lump of an air-cooled V-twin would still be there.
Put ballet shoes on a linebacker and it'd still hurt if he fell on you.
Analogies by Eddie:
There's the one about the once bit donut...
The one about the air plane hangar...
This one about the ballet shoes.....
Ummm....shoot. I may have to search by eddie because I know there have been many others.
Yes, the Bolt’s V-twin sure is bulky but lovable for its bullet-proof durability! Compared to my ex-Sportster 883, standout features contributing to the mass are cam-chain tunnels, extra surface area for air cooling and covers for sound dampening. The Sportster’s slim 883 is a hangover from a less civilized era.
Weight reduction - first thing I did was ditch the passenger footpegs and mounting brackets. That diet was soon spoiled by feasting on tasty accessories like engine guards, saddle bags and windshield.
Tossing the entire subframe and putting on bolt rear rails, seat and fender still only got me about 10lb.
Hacking off the muffler and throwing on a $30 ebay POS put on with chicken wire netted me 20lb.
This bike would make the commies proud like someone here mentioned. Built heavy and chunky and utilitarian like a communist era Lada or Skoda.