gearing up for the street
I have a heavily aftermarketed 2000 KLR...my new job allows me to ride alot, daily, including freeway and highway use. Since 50 mpg is so appealing, this bike is now my daily bike. Anyways, I first went with a 16t front sprocket for a few weeks, liked it but thought, "you know, I think this bike could handle a SEVENTEEN tooth countershaft sprocket really well". I ordered and installed it(not everyone makes it)....OMG, the bike just chugs smoothly along at 65-70 mph, it's wonderful! It doesn't even lug taking off in 1st, feels great for street use and would obviously be great for seriously long rides. I won't tackle single track game trails with this gearing(probably put my 14t on for that) but for all other uses, it's great.
SO, has anyone else ever gone to a 17t? I've never read or heard anyone ever doing this.....I did have to dremel the tiny bumps off the engine case behind the front sprocket AND cut out a small portion of the inside of the countershaft sprocket cover (plastic). It works so well, I'm taking the KLR for an around Nevada loop in 2 weeks INSTEAD of my Hayabusa. The labor is minimal, cost is $25....results are well worth it! Raydog
Last edited by Raydog; 11-19-2008 at 06:54 PM.
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