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    Have been going stir crazy with the wet weather. Have the bikes ready to go as to oil changes and batteries. Ordered up some new O ring chains, they are on the way plus a couple gaskets for the left case. I just about run out of power last year on a couple hills in the slick rock area. as 98% of riding is off road I am going to change out some sprockets. As I have a 55t and 60t I am changing out to a 14/55 on the 09 and going 15/60 on the 03 and leaving the 94 stock. Won't be able to keep up on the paved roads we run at times, but I just need the lower grunt power where we are most times. Besides, not having a good top speed gives me an excuse for not keeping up with Fred.
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    I run 13 x 55 tooth sprockets so I actually will have to twist the throttle a bit harder to match Plumb's top road speeds. We'll do just fine cruising Utah together at a reasonable pace with some lower "grunt" gearing available if needed.
    I would rather be able to go slow enough so I do not crash in first gear rather than going very fast where I might crash in fifth gear.
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    I can't see needing lower than the 14-55 combo with a stock rear tire. I run that combo with the Duro and only on a few occasions wanted a bit lower.
    On our rides down in Quartzsite I did many of the hill climbs in 2nd, which was just a tad higher than what the other riders were doing in first.
    There were a few really steep hills I crawled up in first, but I was worried about the rear tire spinning out on me and that was with a duro, but she held, but with a verylight front end; i.e. Front wheel sometimes not touching.
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    I really like the 14-55 combo for me. I am 167# the bike will do 65 but I don’t like going that fast. It will easily do 55 which I am happy at. The plus is with this lower gearing I still have good Roll on from 35- 65 mph.Even when doing 55 it will accelerate up hill to 65. It just seems to put the bike on it’s power band. Second gear gives lots of throttle at low speeds for deep sand and slower speeds. Plumb you rode dirtluver’s bike at Moab and felt the power difference you thought it was the pipes but it is mostly the 55 gearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweaker View Post
    I really like the 14-55 combo for me. I am 167# the bike will do 65 but I don’t like going that fast. It will easily do 55 which I am happy at. The plus is with this lower gearing I still have good Roll on from 35- 65 mph.Even when doing 55 it will accelerate up hill to 65. It just seems to put the bike on it’s power band. Second gear gives lots of throttle at low speeds for deep sand and slower speeds. Plumb you rode dirtluver’s bike at Moab and felt the power difference you thought it was the pipes but it is mostly the 55 gearing.
    Had a chuckle from you Tweaker. 167lb. My poor steed is packing another 100lb, is why I need that extra low. Still trying the Man Boobs contest, but seems I have superglue in my veins.
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    I have the 13/50 and 13/55 dual setup. Most of the time the 13/50 (same as 14/54.5) is fine, but when dealing with gnarly technical hilly terrain, or at altitudes above 10,000, I switch to the 13/55 (14/59.5).
    Lord, I wish I still weighed 167#! More like 195 naked now.

    Tweaker, you come up here and see if your gearing will accelerate uphill in 5th! NOT!
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    I think I would like to try the 14-55 combo or maybe a 15- 60. Can you provide a link for these? Also, what chain size?
    Thanks!!
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    Don't know what gears Tweaker was running but he sure gave my Betty Boop a run for the money up in the Sweetwaters above 9,000 feet.

    We were not really racing, just romping along for the shear joy of big sky riding to the mountain top. But a good excuse to post another video .
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    I'll weigh in for another perspective on sprockets. I read the stock settings are for a 160lb rider. I'm at least 20-30 under that and now that I'm doing more technical riding, first gear isn't as slow as I once thought, and still has enough torque to get my camping gear up a hill no sweat. If you're 160lbs or under there's really no need to change sprockets unless you want more top speed on flat land.

    Fred that looks like 3-4 gear mostly to me. Cams are often misleading though.
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    Tweaker looks best when played at 2X speed.
    Come to think of it 2X makes us all look good.

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