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Road trip gearing

1687 Views 6 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  qwerty
I may be riding the 07 TW to the Blue Ridge Parkway from indiana and riding the whole thing then back home sometime in October with a friend on a klr. Im guessing around 1500+ miles. Just curious what other experience with 15/47 gearing is? Im a 150lbs and this will be a road only trip "well maybe some gravel" but no real offroading. Im thinking the uphills would be ok in 4th at 55-60. Im running 14/47 now but i do alot of trail riding around here and it will still pull 73-75 mph wide open. I would be changing the gearing once i get back home. Thoughts? Smart arse comments are welcome too!
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You'll gain nothing in the 60-70mph range with taller gearing. Frankly, 70mph is asking too much from a TW. 60mph, yes, 70mph, no. Simply not enough power no matter what you do with the sprockets. With 15.47, you'll wind out 4th on hills, shift to 5th, and the bike won't run over 50mph. The 3-4 and 4-5 gaps are just too wide. You'll find some hills on the BRP will require 3rd and 35mph wide open.

I've done 700 mile days with 15/54, no problem. If you are running street tires, go 15 or 47, not both, at the most.
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