In it's current form anything over 40mph feels like I am over reving it. I would like it to go 50mph comfortably. What and where do ya-all get sprockets? I have been driving the tar out of mine lately.(truck is in pieces at present) I have been commuting to work and to school and everything in between. it runs great-Just not fast enough. HELP?
I like my 14/47. I see 60-65 every once in a while even at 265 lbs. Pretty flat down here in South Alabama though.
I have a 53 tooth rear sitting around somewhere and an extra chain.. Been thinking about putting it on just for grins.
14/50 is good for 70+mph at redline. More than likely you'll need a long hill and a tailwind to run that fast. If the terrain is fairly flat, you ride at low altitudes, and not a lot of high winds, 15/50 or 14/47 might be better for you. If the terrain is hilly, you ride at high altitudes, and/or a lot of high winds, 14/53 may be better for you.
Since your bike sounds like a road bike pop on a 14/47 and run with it. It still won't cruise 50-55 the way you want it to, but it's a little better. High speed is something you have to learn to adapt to, the TW can't and will not cruise the highway at a relaxed pace. If you try to with stupidly tall sprockets you will just ruin the engine from the stress it will take trying to turn the damn gearing.
I was the same way with the TW - I went all the way down to 14/44 gearing and it still sounded like it ran too fast anything above 45 mph - I'm back to 14/47 now and I can do 50-55 just fine.
The TW will never cruise above 45 without sounding fast. What you must do as the rider is learn to adapt, the bike will be fine. Qwerty above has 47k miles running the hell out of it and personally I have 12.5k and counting with no issues at all yet. No leaks, burns, it just keeps going. Sounds kinda rough and noisy but I think that's normal..it's definitely not a smooth bike like say, a rebel or nighthawk 250. Those sound so beautiful and quiet in comparison!
2007 CB919 - 70k Miles and still runs like new!
* 2001 TW200 (Sold after 15k miles of fun)
Let it rev. It won't hurt it. Keep an eye on your oil level and enjoy.
I'd argue that 14/50 is better on the top end then 14/47, if you don't mind it revving. I sold my bike but was hoping to try a 15/52 (right between a 14/47 and 14/50). You need as much mechanical advantage as possible with this 200, but the 14/50 sucks for 1st gear on the road.
i run the stock 15 tooth front with a JT 47 tooth rear wit a DID chain. i have a top speed of 69-70 mph and can cruise at 60 mph with no sounds of over rev.
My bike came with 14-55 and I changed it over to 15-47 for mostly dirt roads and pavement. It's perfect for 185 lb me and my TW200.
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