After six months and 4,000 miles on my V I swapped to a 44T rear this weekend and really notice the improvements along the lines always discussed here. Longer range in each gear, and less engine braking. Feels smoother. I've put about 50 miles of urban and freeway driving on it and see no reason I would switch back.
My concern had been starts on hills and such with the higher gearing, but I've had no trouble. Here in Seattle you do a lot of steep hill starts. It has been fine.
And on the freeway here, which rarely gets above 65 during the commute, I never got out of 5th gear because I was still below 6k RPM. Makes me feel good about cruising at 70-75 and not being above 6.
New chain and non OEM front sprocket too.
2009 Versys 16K
We sit together the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
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