Join Date: May 2009
Location: Indiana/ Michigan line at the Lake
This comes from one of my weird "tests".
I had stuck on a Honda Comstar 18" wheel with 37 teeth.
That was a major gearing change mainly like having no
first gear but top speed was still in the mid 90's. It obviously
lost acceleration too. (Learned a little about gearing vs power vs
wind resistance vs comfort.)
That buzzy feeling has me reaching for the imaginary 6th gear still
after almost 19,000 miles.
I forgot Mike and am literally ordering it after posting this. I have the man's
doohickey kit and risers too so I'm no stranger to the man and he was great
on the phone. Never even thought of trying the Eagle website. Silly me.
(Also, it was 30 bux + 7 shipping)
My permanent but changeable ratio is probably going to stay at 17/42.
Totally street gearing but it will eliminate some tight single track only.
Also as a function of age I've not climbed a stairwell in two years on the
motorcycle. Wheelies are only little poppers here and there. I'm guessing
those loooooong, straight Indiana farm roads are still gonna get shredded
pretty easily. Don't blaze new trails anymore either.
I have two chains, both long enough at stock length. The 42t gives up a
little slack too. Chains aren't new but not worn much. Clearance requires
some dremel trimming of the plastic cover. The three wires don't get touched
but it's close up there. (from research, not experience) The 16t was the best
mod I did and easily adapted to.
Added the 42t rear three years later and still the feeling remains to drop the rpms
a bit more. This has been a slow and thought out process in small increments.
Probably not for everyone converting to 95% street but fits my style while retaining
the ability to explore most generic ATV trails n' dirt roads. Losing the knobby
rear and going with 90/10 rubber. Didn't order that yet but am today. (probably
the Gripster with the center line to roll upon.)
Just the next step in aging but too soon for a sidecar. LOL
This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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