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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Calling on those with the 15 tooth sprocket....

Sorry if this is beating a dead horse about the subject, but I have a question that I don't think has been specifically asked/answered.

I'd like to know if those who have the 15 tooth sprocket have gone both on and OFF road and what their thoughts are on it when off-road.
Seems plenty of people really like it on the freeway and all that good stuff, but I haven't seen many that take their bike off road.
I've read one post on ADV stating they like it stock for their mostly off road hill riding, but that's it.

Any one on here willing to chime in?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 12:36 AM
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I watched a review by Ryan on Fortnine who spends a fair amount of time offroad- he would add a couple teeth to the rear and leave to stock front to compensate for the lack of torque; basically going shorter than stock for off road. I'm leaving mine stock for now until I get better offroad tires to see if I need it.
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Lots of off road with mine - I have the 15, and it does great.

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Have the 15T, did about 100 miles in two days near Linville Falls.
Split time between 2nd and 3rd. Couple of times in first on hairpins.
Oh, rear tire is street Shinko.

I am not an off-roader per se.

Basically, one tooth up front ain't gonna hurt anything. Tire choice
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Did a bunch of miles on the trails in Michigan with 15T front and stock rear gearing. I think it did fine. I never wished for lower gearing at any point.

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Sounds good. That seems to be the consensus. I have yet to get "offroad" with it, but I'm sure it will be fine.
Now, I just wish it wasn't noisy. I know for some it isn't a bother, but it can annoy me. I'm thinking of trying the rear 43 and stock front. Word is that this is the same gearing as the 15T front.
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I did not notice any change in noise when I changes to 15t sprocket. Did you line up the new sprocket with the rear?
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I did not notice any increase in noise either.

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I had my local motorcyclery do it, so I trust it was put on correctly.
Some hear the noise, some don't. Supposedly it is because there is no rubber on the 15T to dampen the noise.
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FWIW - on all three of my V650s, when I replaced the OEM 15T front rubber-damped sprocket w/ a plain steel one I have NOT noticed any change of noise, etc., and that's ALL I've used since, and that's over a total mileage on the three V650s of 170,000+ miles.

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Hmmm, don't know what to say. On the other thread about gear changes, I believe there are some other people with noise. Maybe it's a perception thing per person, all I know is that I hear some difference and I'm assuming that nothing went awry with the install. Doesn't seem like something hard to do for a dealer, so I expect it to be right.

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