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post #1 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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So, here in the wonderful land of Phoenix, I find myself very frequently having to cruise at 80mph due to not wanting to be run over. But, the RPMs as you know get a bit high. I don't do any low speed super technical off road stuff.
So, my question is, what should I look for to lower my 80mph RPMs without severely impacting my low speed riding?

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I like the 16t front sprocket for commuting and it is perfectly fine for light trail work.
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By going to a 16 tooth counter sprocket, you can lower your RPM's by about 300 PRM's @ 70 MPH. Stock tires for the KLR 650 are 130/80-17. By going to a 120 or 130/90-17, you can drop a few more RPM's.

There are options for the rear sprocket, I have no experience with them. The 16 tooth front sprocket still allows me to putz and putter on forest service roads and get across creeks. Any higher gearing would prohibit this kind of riding. I wouldn't be able to get home.

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So, here in the wonderful land of Phoenix, I find myself very frequently having to cruise at 80mph due to not wanting to be run over. But, the RPMs as you know get a bit high. I don't do any low speed super technical off road stuff.
So, my question is, what should I look for to lower my 80mph RPMs without severely impacting my low speed riding?

You know that the speedo is off yes? Mine is exactly 10 percent high (GPS verified). Before I got the GPS I always had cars on my butt!

I run a 16 tooth front but I also stay off freeways.

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ya, I GPS'd mine as well. But unfortunately, being I live in Phoenix, I have to take freeways. That or leave really really really early. Eff that.

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Try the 16 tooth. It is a cheap item and fairly easy to change out. I found it OK with nothing on the bike but me. In the end I went back to stock gearing. I seldom run the expressway and the stock gearing just works better for me.
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if there was only a 6th.

Thanks for the help yall. Where's a good spot to pick up a nice 16 tooth?

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Rocky Mountain ATV has good deals on sprockets and chain sprockets kits. I have had good luck with their sprockets holding up, and their chain / sprocket kits are reasonably priced.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/pr...&sizeAttr=1164

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if there was only a 6th.

Thanks for the help yall. Where's a good spot to pick up a nice 16 tooth?
Kelly's on Country Club has them for 18.00 or 20.00 bucks I know what you mean about riding in Phoenix.. The 16 tooth works for my 09 but the front fender is a sail at those speeds
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