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post #1 of 4 Old 08-21-2016, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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17-tooth Front Sprocket

Finally installed the 17 tooth front sprocket (I have a thread about that somewhere here). This is my ride report. First impression was awesome, but my 100-mile impression is I should stick with the 15T or don't go larger than 16. The 17 is like overdrive when you're pulling a trailer. It bogs down on the slightest hill. I rode the "Alpine Loop" yesterday (around Utah's Mt. Timpanogos, past Robert Redford's Sundance resort and property). I could not find the right gear to save my life--first great was too low, but in the steep hairpins second seemed too high. Even gradual rises on our divided highway required me (made me feel like I needed) to downshift from sixth to fifth.

Original objective reached: 75 MPH at 5500 rpm, right in the sweet spot. Unintended consequence: can't ride there much unless the road is flat without a wind.

Recommendation: don't exceed 16t unless you live somewhere quite flat or you ride high speeds often, for long periods. I'll put this sprocket on when I ride to Vegas or Reno (which I never do), but I'm wishing I actually had a 16. I'll be back to the 15 for my late-Sep ride up to and through Teton National Park.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-21-2016, 11:55 PM
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Probably should specify that you're talking about a DL650.

Besides, what's so darn magical about lugging around at 5,500 rpm? That engine needs to spin.

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Also what year of DL650?

2012+ is different than 2011 and earlier.

Loved 16 tooth in my2006 DL650. Didn't feel a need for it on my 2012 DL650. Feel stock 17 tooth is great on my 2015 DL1000

..Tom

2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 180,000+ km, 112,000 miles.

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Can't everyone just read my mind? LOL... 2008 DL650. Banana yellow, too. And yah, I'm more conviced now that the engine needs to spin, as bwringer says.


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