Trying out different sprockets
My recently purchased KLR came with a 14 front and the stock 43 rear. I left that on for a while, but found it less than ideal when I went off road through Titus Canyon in Death Valley. The 300 mile road trip to Death Valley was OK, but on some of the tighter turns on steep climbs and descents I wished for lower gearing.
Since the chain needed replacing I decided to try a package with a 16 front and 45 rear. This combination brought me close to stock gearing which is fine for long road rides, or off road where there is little or no need for lower gearing. The upside of this is that in less than 30 minutes I can pop in the 14 and lower the gearing from 2.8 to 1 to 3.2 to 1.
I feel I've really got the best of both right now, and with my 18v impact wrench removing and tightening the front socket nut is a snap. I'm even planning to carry the impact with me on an excursion to Moab, UT so I can use the 16 to enjoy the lower rpms on the 400+ road miles and once there switch over to the 14 for trail work.
BTW, I'm running 108 on the chain length.