Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
I replaced my chain and sprockets this spring, going to the 16T. I like that the bike has longer pulls before needing a shift, and I can cruise at 50 mph in 5th gear at about 4k rpm. It truly makes 6th an overdrive.
However, I am evaluating the mpg performance and thinking about going back to a 15T. I thought the bike might get better mpg--not that I'm complaining. But, with about a 2,000 miles on the new set up, it seems to be getting slightly poorer mpg. I think it's because the engine is under more load dealing with the taller gearing.
Anybody else have this experience?
D. Brent Miller, writer, photographer, publisher
I traded my yellow 2008 DL650 for a 2015 White DL650ABS, and traded that one for a new 2017 white DL650ABS. My 3rd V-Strom.