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post #71 of 78 Old 04-27-2020, 09:36 PM
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They do read high and this is, reportedly, by design. What you will find is that the speedometer reads high but the odometer is very accurate.

You may find this interesting: https://www.cycleworld.com/sport-rid...e-speedometer/

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post #72 of 78 Old 04-27-2020, 09:42 PM
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Very interesting. I think I’ll hook my gps up and see what i get. Thanks guys. So technically if the bike is revving higher than thought for the given speed.
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post #73 of 78 Old 04-28-2020, 05:30 AM
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So technically if the bike is revving higher than thought for the given speed.
Assume in the example below, the speedometer is about 10 % optimistic (reads higher than true ground speed):

Hypothetical example:

Indicated speed: 65 mph; true speed; 60 mph; true rpm; 4,000 rpm.

Indicated speed: 60 mph; true speed; 55 mph; true rpm; 3,600 rpm.

Or something.

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post #74 of 78 Old 04-29-2020, 09:09 AM
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So a little more gear not going to hurt. Our roads here are soft now cause frost is coming out. Also the day I tested gear there was a 35mph wind. Going directly into wind the bike noticeably working with the 16t. I think a happy medium between stock and this gear will be ideal
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post #75 of 78 Old 05-03-2020, 06:19 PM
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MPG increase too!

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Just switched to a 16T primary and it was the best $10 I've spent on this bike. No longer am I revving it like a 2 stroke or already in 3rd crossing the intersection. It cruises so nicely now and Im never kicking for that badly needed 6th gear. I took it up in the canyon last weekend on the fire roads and it rode just fine. I wouldn't do any single-track rock crawling with it but I wouldn't do that with this bike anyway. It was a simple change but I did have to let the output shaft splines soak with some Aerokroil overnight to loosen it up. The next day it popped right off by hand.
UPDATE - First full tank after Pri sprocket change to a 16t gave 50.2 MPG. Never better than 46 MPG before.
(No front tire change or tune up and filled to same level)
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post #76 of 78 Old 05-03-2020, 06:30 PM
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Wow thats awesome mike. I tried that gear i thought it was to much. But who knows. I put the 705 kit in and at 115 she sits on 5000 rpm.
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post #77 of 78 Old 05-03-2020, 06:54 PM
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cool. on my 692 i’m at 5000 rpm at 73 mph. still wish it had a 6th
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post #78 of 78 Old 05-03-2020, 07:30 PM
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Yes six gears would have been a huge benifit on these. My 705 did good against the 790 ktm. Up to 70mph they would just creep ahead of me. We let off at 70 so who knows what after that. They 6speed also. The 705 has lots of tq gets it rolling quickly from near stop.
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