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post #1 of 11 Old 04-26-2014, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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I just put a 16T front sprocket on my '13 650. I felt 1st and 2nd were geared too low, and the other gears could using spacing out as well. I had also compared the speedometer to my Garmin GPS and it was 7 or 8% high. The taller gearing has put the speedo right on the money and the engine has no problem pulling the taller gearing. Try it, you might like it. A front sprocket can be had pretty cheaply, usually under $20.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-26-2014, 01:10 PM
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I agree with you that the front sprocket should have more than 15 teeth. I have tried 16 teeth, but I find 17 teeth to be proper for me. I think this is a matter of personal preference, and I like seeing the tachometer near 5000 while I am making my long rides.

I am not sure about the change in sprocket affecting the accuracy of the speedometer. Someone will probably pipe up and tell us whether your findings are accurate.

When a little change helps you enjoy your ride significantly more,
than it is a beneficial change, and not very small after all, eh?

(The "eh?" just slipped out. I am headed for Canada next week, eh.)

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P.S. funny thing. You give your location as N W Indiana. Well, that would be near the Indiana-Michigan state line,
which is the very first state line that my Florida-based Wee-Strom rolled over. (Yawn, if you like; there is more.)
And the first ocean that I saw from its seat: Pacific. And the first place where it reached the Atlantic Ocean?
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I am not sure about the change in sprocket affecting the accuracy of the speedometer.
I'm sure about the 16T front sprocket, speedo almost exactly mirrors a GPS speed info.
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I find the first gear a tad too tall on my 2012 Adventure when doing slow dirt or gravel trails. It's not a dirt bike but I do like the choice of seeing where the dirt road or smooth trail goes at a speed I can look around. Couldn't do that with any higher gearing. If I was using it for strictly highway riding then I would probably do the bigger front sprocket.
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I agree with you that the front sprocket should have more than 15 teeth. I have tried 16 teeth, but I find 17 teeth to be proper for me. I think this is a matter of personal preference
17!! I've had a 16t since it was new and love it. I have to slip the clutch a bit more in first but I can't imagine being at a traffic light on an incline. But I guess if you area supports a 17 then cool.

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Been there done that. I missed the torque, so I went back to the 15. To each his own, I suppose.

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We have had this conversation before.

Installed a 14 tooth recently. Great for winding back roads, slow speed on the rougher roads and also for maneuvering in parking lots. I find it's great on the highway too. Top end of 100 + has been confirmed. Does everything it did before, it's just more fun now.
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We have had this conversation before.

Installed a 14 tooth recently. Great for winding back roads, slow speed on the rougher roads and also for maneuvering in parking lots. I find it's great on the highway too. Top end of 100 + has been confirmed. Does everything it did before, it's just more fun now.
I just pulled this thread up on a search. I'm going to try a 14T front since I will be doing a lot of off road/gravel. I seldom go over 80mph, so this swap should not present a problem.
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I just put a 16T front sprocket on my '13 650. I felt 1st and 2nd were geared too low, and the other gears could using spacing out as well. I had also compared the speedometer to my Garmin GPS and it was 7 or 8% high. The taller gearing has put the speedo right on the money and the engine has no problem pulling the taller gearing. Try it, you might like it. A front sprocket can be had pretty cheaply, usually under $20.
I tried it.....personally, I didn't like it.
For the 2 lane riding I like to do, I like having the gear ratios as they came from the factory. I can loaf along in 5th or stay in 4th when there's more fun to be had on the road ahead. Our bikes shift so smoothly, its not something I mind doing.
I think many think the engine is working too hard above 5k rpms and on many bikes, it is. It sounds very happy and eager to me...


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I tried the 16T also and liked it. BUT..

the 15T is better for all around riding like dual sport type for me so I went back to stock. If I used the bike for slabbing and had sport touring tires on it 16T would be the norm, that's my preference. 14T? Maybe if it went full MX mode. :mrgreen:

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