I have the 16/43 combo, and I've said all this before, but what the heck, I agree with the poster and I want to back him up
I couldn't say what my revs are at 70 mph, but I can say that she's purring along sweetly. Same thing at 80 mph and higher. This engine loves to rev and is smoother above 4,000 rpm.
Like they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too. If you want better in town and off road riding, you want the 16/43 combo. If you want to ride over 80 mph on straight smooth roads, you should get a sport touring bike. Or just keep the stock VStrom gearing, your choice.
A lot of riders rarely ride any real offroad and ride a lot of straight roads on long trips at high speeds, the stock gearing will be fine for them.
Other riders as the poster mentioned find the stock gearing poor offroad. I find it poor in the mountains. What I noticed is instead of having to shift down to 1st gear on a lot of tight switchbacks, I can now keep it in 2nd gear without lugging and that means much happier mountain riding for me.
Around town I really like the lower gearing. 3rd gear is now useful rather than too high, where 2nd was too low. And in slow traffic I can ease along in 2nd most of the time. I use the clutch less, shift less, and I keep the engine happier and smoother.
Takeoff feels like the bike gained 20 HP. The bike is a rocket, enough said there. If you crank the right wrist aggressively, you are rewarded. I guess the best way to describe it, is that it gives the bike more Hooliganism. Hey, the smell checker isn't even red lining that word
I did not buy a VStrom to go long distances on straight roads at high speeds. I guess many riders did, and that's why Suzuki chose the stock gearing.
I would suggest a new chain with the new sprockets though.
Jim Davis, Owner, Eastern Beaver Company:
- Motorcycle Electrics: 2007 DL1000 with 16/43 gearing, Superbrace, Tokico 4 Pot fronts, BackoffXP, H4 Dual Relay Kit, PC-8 Fusepanel, 2 Powerlet Sockets, Suzuki Centerstand - 1988 Africa Twin 650, 1990 VFR 750.