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#138266 - 09/06/17 06:03 PM Re: Question for you 14T XT225 Riders [Re: alexd]
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I think I rode someone's Triumph or BSA (made in the 50s), that was that way. (I had a part-time job at at a motorcycle shop, while in college)
I know that I rode someone's 650 cc Bonneville, and I was surprised at the good riding characteristics...but not good brakes. I don't recall about it's Right or Left hand shifting. My modified Yamaha YR-1 (350cc) could blow it out of the water in a drag-race.

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#138269 - 09/06/17 08:21 PM Re: Question for you 14T XT225 Riders [Re: alexd]
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Did some digging and it appears I was right, my late '50s BSA 650 Spitfire Scrambler was right side shift. At least long term memory continues to serve! Now if I could remember where I laid my glasses down I'd be good to go!!..
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#138729 - 10/09/17 10:35 PM Re: Question for you 14T XT225 Riders [Re: cogitech]
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In answer to the (kind of old) original question (starting in 2nd gear with 14-tooth sprocket), and at the risk of re-blabbering content:

I really dislike 14t on the pavement, way too much shifting generally, not just 1st to 2nd; but, I still start in 1st, not 2nd.

16t rocks on the pavement. 70MPH (indicated) does feel like it's being flogged, but not too badly; 65-67MPH feels sustainable. Basically, you get an extra 5MPH compared to 15t; that's a big difference for high-speed cruising. (On the negative side, you have less power in the same gear at the same speed...unless you downshift.)

Carrying a 14t (or 13t--two tiny mods required for that) for dirt is great, if you can stand the 10-min sprocket changes.

Which all sounds like Yamaha did well using a 15t. Good power, and works well on pavement if you don't mind flogging it on top; works well on dirt if you don't mind lugging it on the bottom. But, I do mind those things, and also just prefer the wider ratio gearbox you get from 16t on he street.

Thanks for listening. wink
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#138736 - 10/11/17 01:06 AM Re: Question for you 14T XT225 Riders [Re: gshell]
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Originally Posted By: gshell
.....sounds like Yamaha did well using a 15t. Good power, and works well on pavement if you don't mind flogging it on top; works well on dirt if you don't mind lugging it on the bottom..

Whatever works best for you is what you should run. If a quick change system that we could shift at will between 14, 15 and 16 tooth sprockets was available, that's what I'd run. In the meantime the 15 tooth works for me..
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#138744 - 10/11/17 02:47 PM Re: Question for you 14T XT225 Riders [Re: Az4x4]
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I switched to the 14T to make 2nd and 3rd gear more useful off-road. I ride very little off road any more and will switch back to the 15T soon. I did not see any big difference in top speed with either. Top speed is a matter of HP which isn't very much on the XT.
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#138822 - 10/19/17 08:47 AM Re: Question for you 14T XT225 Riders [Re: cogitech]
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Rear tyre size makes a big difference to the gearing.

My Brazil bike came with a 110/80 trail type rear tyre, felt a tad undergeared on the road but ok off road.
My Jap bike came with 120/90 Enduro knobbly rear tyre, the gearing is ok on road but a tad high off road.
Actually quicker with the lower gearing come a slight incline.
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