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    1st time front sprocket replacement (7000 miles - old sprocket looks great). Dealership did not have side cover gasket or outer bearing seal; but tracking said sprocket would be here today. So carefully took it apart swapped in 15 tooth and put it back together. Test ride so far so good. Depending on weather tomorrow; try freeway with 15-50 (= 14-47) then will try 15-45 (=14-42).

    Then plan to order a 42 tooth rear which will make 4th gear equal stock 5th gear and see if it is useful for me on-road as others have stated. Then put on 65 tooth rear which will equal 14-61 for Moab.

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    Took the 15-50 set-up (=14-47) on the freeway to the Admirals's exit (waved) and back. Was great on the way there. Dropped to 64 mph once; but otherwise held 65 easily and 70 often (although 65 was all I was trying to hold). However; on the way back - the same old story. It would drop to 55 mph in 5th and even 4th gear a lot of the time. Not nice in 75 or 80 mph sections. Now I'll go put a 45 tooth on (15-45 = 14-42) to test.

    Forum was down; so have put on the 45 tooth rear; but, itty bitty raindrops made their way here from Boonville; so waiting to test. Did Kris and Lori bring this with them from Mike's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by old w/2 many guns & bikes View Post
    Did Kris and Lori bring this with them from Mike's?

    No. If we brought anything back it would have been snow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    No. If we brought anything back it would have been snow!

    Did not hear anything bad; so guessing the dual bike carrier worked at least ok.

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    For all of the effort folks put into road gearing, it still leaves no reserve power at any safe highway speeds. I just dont think you can have a TW, with someone 200 lbs or more, be safe on the highway and retain any off road ability. Be safe everyone!
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    Matt; I totally agree with you and would even remove the "and retain any off road ability" part.
    A car can be fairly safe even if it is an old '66 vw that can't maintain a 75mph speed limit.
    On a bike; you should always want the ability to squirt ahead if need be. I never like to ride at the same pace as other traffic and prefer to be moving slightly faster to pick my own lines; but believe slower (where traffic will move around you) is better than being boxed in.

    I'm playing around looking to find what gearing will give a stock road bike the highest sustainable speed without being so wound out/vibration (or lessening the overall vibration). If stock gearing in 5th holds the best in over all conditions; then the 15 tooth front with the 42 rear (making 4th gear the equivalent of stock 5th gear) might be the best for on road. You would be getting a much smoother/less vibrating ride overall; and if you drop it into 4th, you have stock bike 5th gear performance (plus better mpg).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattwings View Post
    For all of the effort folks put into road gearing, it still leaves no reserve power at any safe highway speeds. I just dont think you can have a TW, with someone 200 lbs or more, be safe on the highway and retain any off road ability. Be safe everyone!
    You know you can run double sprockets, engine and/or wheel, on the TW. That way you can have the best of both worlds. The Dual Sprocket thread
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    When the speed limit was lower on the freeways short stints were ok. With 65 at the lowest it isn't safe. If I ride where the speed limit is on the high side I find a pokey cager and ride the slow lane.
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    It's been raining all week. I got my registration and got to only ride about 2 days.
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