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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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15T , 2 up, at altitude

I got the 15T front installed, so I thought I would give my impressions. This is how the bike should have been geared from the factory.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd are much more usable. I don't have to shift twice just to get through an intersection.

I then tried it 2 up, at altitude. I am 6'1" at 200 lbs. My wife is 5'8" at 150.

We rode to the top of Pikes Peak, which is 14,000 feet. Once we hit the steep part, the bike went right up in 2nd and 3rd gear, depending on the speed limit areas and the incline/switchbacks. No problems at all, and less shifting with the 15T

The 15T switch is well worth the money.
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I got the 15T front installed, so I thought I would give my impressions. This is how the bike should have been geared from the factory.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd are much more usable. I don't have to shift twice just to get through an intersection.

I then tried it 2 up, at altitude. I am 6'1" at 200 lbs. My wife is 5'8" at 150.

We rode to the top of Pikes Peak, which is 14,000 feet. Once we hit the steep part, the bike went right up in 2nd and 3rd gear, depending on the speed limit areas and the incline/switchbacks. No problems at all, and less shifting with the 15T

The 15T switch is well worth the money.
That is impressive, I could be off by a HP but very close to the old KLR, so thanks for posting. FYI using the front sprocket is the better way of going as there is less torque on the chain, therefore the chain will last longer. Just to make sure we don't get people disagreeing , a greater number of teeth on the counter sprocket increases surface area, the increase in diameter is indirectly proportional to torque , HP transferred remains the same. To say it another way, decreasing the number of teeth on the rear sprocket will give a increase in speed but the torque on the chain remains the same.
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So you are saying that there was no felt difference in the torque going up said hills? I've read on other threads (maybe here or ADV, I don't recall) that "off road" wise, it's worth keeping the stock sprocket for lower end power. Maybe it doesn't really matter, if you are dropping to lower gears anyway? Seems like the advantage of the 15t is worth it when most of the time is spend on the highway.
I'm pondering switching to the 15t at my 600 mile service.
Any issue with excess noise? I've also read some negative stuff on this....

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I didn't have any problem with the up hill torque. Pikes Peak is a steep climb, with a lot of it only 25-35 mph. Being in 2nd and 3rd gear with two of us on, it went right up that mountain. And the 15T is much better running around town and on the highway. As for noise: Having a full face helmet on, with road noise and traffic, etc. I can't tell any difference.
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Thank for the info!

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Charlie,
I also wanted to ask you, though maybe it is somewhere else on this site, you didn't have to mess with the chain at all right? All you had to do was re-adjust it once the new sprocket was on?

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