heres my lame opinion. aaron, you probably dont want to read this.
you have to remove weight in a balanced manner. too much from the front will cause problems as will from the rear id imagine. (does 6% off of the front make the rear 3% lighter under braking??? how would/does that affect what you need to do to compensate under acceleration) blah blah blah. and like jb said, its where you save the weight. thats whats important. accelerating a larger heavier wheel and tire combo will suck more energy than replacing everything with ti bolts to save it. and its easier to save money there. aaron, in all of youre dyno runs, have you dynod the difference between a larger tire versus a smaller one?? i bet saving 2lbs on a rear wheel is worth as much as 5 lbs of frame weight. the other thing is you'll only get faster, if you are already going as fast as you can. if youre going into t9 as fast as you can, theres no reason to make the bike lighter until youre ready to do it. if you cant ride the bike to its fullest, then spending hours making things lighter is a waste of time, in my opinion. although it looks kick ass cool. its a functionality thing for me. you know, kangaroo is something like 30% lighter than cowhide?? all of the top racers use kangaroo. just incase youre serious about saving the weight. i hear its also about 2x as expensive.
when i get to the point where i can beat the guys who are running in the top 5, and riding shit boxes, and you know who im talking about, then i'll really start to worry about weight. for me, its about being able to hang onto the throttle longer than the next guy still. when im hanging on all of the way around the track, and still getting beat, then ill start to worry about weight. just my opinion.
and jb, i was talking about nelson ledges. it wouldnt count for regional points for me, but it would count nationally. next year im going to make a serious run at the wera mid atlantic series. since ive already missed vir the first time around. and i still need to go check out kershaw. its either vir or mosport this august, i cant deide which one i should do yet. im really torn between the 2. although aaron says he'll be donw for vir, and id totally dig seeing his bike there.
hey aaron, i have almost all of the parts for a 350gp honda sitting in my garage. i know you made some comment on building one last race. if youre serious, its yours. also, jeremy, tex is looking for a buffalo brake. i'll get you his cell number tomorrow.