curious about gearing

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  • allterra

Posted January 30, 2013 - 02:15 AM


Is there a way to change just 5th gear or add 6th? I have an 07 450 plated. I am happy with 1st - 4th and the only time I use 5th is on the road. I feel like I am winding up the rpms a bit much while commuting between trail rides. I am running 14/50 on the final and do not want any higher 1st gear actually sometimes I would like a lower 1st eaven with the Revloc clutch. Currently the top speed (rev limiter) of the bike per GPS is 87-89 mph and the factory spedo says 94 mph. I normally commute 15 miles @ a top speed of aprox 70mph. It just seems to be screaming for mercy at that speed. In the trails I am in 1st, 2nd and 3rd and rarely 4th but have yet to need 5th.

  • MANIAC998

Posted January 30, 2013 - 03:52 AM


In simple terms, no there is no easy way to raise just 5th gear. But with enough money, you can do anything. The lack of a 6th gear has always hampered the dual purpose nature of the WR. I was hoping that with Yamaha upgrading it recently, that perhaps they would finally install a 6th gear, but I always knew they wouldn't.

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  • LucasLeader

Posted February 01, 2013 - 03:22 PM


Same dilemma here. I think the easiest thing to do is just cruise a little slower on the highway. I have 14-50 gearing and can cruise at 60mph comfortably. For a 15 mile ride it only adds a couple of minutes.

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted February 01, 2013 - 06:32 PM


15/48 for dual sport
14/48 for dual sport and no freeway
Simple countershaft sprocket change done in 15 min or less.


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