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Old 10-09-2006, 12:22 PM
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Sorry but all of the archives to search are gone. As any trails are about 2 hours away, I'm giving some thought to running a 16 tooth for a less " busy " ride at higher speeds. Never carry a passenger. Just wanted to hear from those who have, or are using a 16. I'm aware running at higher RPMs is not a problem but just looking for a more relaxed higher speed ride. Sure appreciate comments from thos who have tried a 16 tooth. Many thanks.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:25 PM
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Tried it hated it. Gave it to another wanting to do it and he hated it also. It hurt the powerband a lot and it felt like a slug.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:34 PM
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I put about 300+ miles on my bike a week. I like the 16T for commuting. It doesn't bother me that it's not a high speed hooligan machine anymore. I don't ride that way, but since I'm using it primarily for the road during the week, I invested in a 14T for the weekend. I also got the Prevailing Torque Nut for easy trail side replacement. I'm probably going to cut a hole in the sproket cover large enough to be able to swap them out without having to pull the cover off.
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Tried it hated it. Gave it to another wanting to do it and he hated it also. It hurt the powerband a lot and it felt like a slug.
Hurt the powerband in what way ?
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:38 PM
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It just means that it's not as Peppy in certain RPM ranges. It's really only noticable when you are lugging the engine in the wrong gear.
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I love my 16T. I do mostly commuting and endurance riding, and the boost in fuel mileage and the more 'relaxed' rpm's are great. I don't really notice a difference in off-the-line power, and I can still out-accelerate most cagers. I did a bit of light off road riding yesterday, and I did notice that I had to rev the engine a bit more to avoid lugging the engine in the dirt and sand that I was in, but again, this isn't much of a problem for me as I don't do a lot of off-road riding.

If you want to try out a 16T sprocket, then go ahead and buy one as they are not that expensive. If you find that you don't like it, let me know and I will buy it from you to keep as a spare for when my current one wears out.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:51 PM
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I'm probably going to cut a hole in the sproket cover large enough to be able to swap them out without having to pull the cover off.
You still have the side cover? :lol: I live on the edge I tell ya
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:53 PM
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I love my 16T. I do mostly commuting and endurance riding, and the boost in fuel mileage and the more 'relaxed' rpm's are great. I don't really notice a difference in off-the-line power, and I can still out-accelerate most cagers. I did a bit of light off road riding yesterday, and I did notice that I had to rev the engine a bit more to avoid lugging the engine in the dirt and sand that I was in, but again, this isn't much of a problem for me as I don't do a lot of off-road riding.

If you want to try out a 16T sprocket, then go ahead and buy one as they are not that expensive. If you find that you don't like it, let me know and I will buy it from you to keep as a spare for when my current one wears out.
Gadget, one of your post " over there " is what got me thinking about making the change. One concern I have is a new sprocket with 12,500 chain and excellerated wear. ( Existing chain etc are still in very good condition) Appreciate your offer but if I try it and dont like it, I'll just send it to you N/C. If no problem with existing chain, I'll just try it and see.
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Yeah, you kinda want to change everything at the same time. Chain, Front and Rear Sprokets.

I got my sprokets from dirtparts@yahoo.com. I think I paid a whopping $16 for it. But Fred also sells them at ArrowheadMotorsports.com
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I've been running a 16T for several years now. I love it and wouldn't go back. Makes a big difference on the highway and even in very deep sand I have yet to damage my clutch. Granted if I lived offroad I would go the otherway but in the real world of pavement everywhere I find it to my liking. I have no problem with power powerbands or torque. Of course if I lived in the mountains.... maybe I would feel differently.
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