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|Subject: new Western, MA member with 2008 tw200 Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:41 pm|| |
Nice to meet you all. Im in Springfield, MA and enjoy riding in tight muddy trails, sand pits and powerlines mostly. Need the street gear to get me there.
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|Subject: Re: new Western, MA member with 2008 tw200 Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:15 am|| |
Typically, most of us TW riders keep the stock gearing, 14/50 or change to 14/47. Though some change the front sprocket to 15 sometimes, I would say changing the rear would be far easier. The 14/47 change is done by most of the riders who ride primarily on the street, but not limited to just that. Opinions on which sprockets/gearing to use vary widely. It's good to get an idea of what to try, but utimately, only we can decide on which one suits us best.
I've kept the stock 14/50 setup as I believe it suits my riding style the best. I ride lots of mountain logging roads with lots of steep uphill and downhill grades. A friend of my who I ride with occasionally has the 14/47 setup, but he also does a lot of "in-town" riding. Apparently the 14/47 setup will have a better start in 1st gear from a stop and reduce the RPM's slightly at highway speed, but do not increase top speed as the TW has limited power. Many who have the 14/47 mention having to downshift to 4th gear a lot when going uphill or into a headwind while at highway cruising speed.
I've only recently accepted the high rmp's of the TW, and now feel comfortable at 55-60.
Hope you have fun with your TW.