52T Rear Sprocket Ride Report
Posted January 03, 2010 - 07:20 AM
I consider myself a slow desert recreational rider. I have been seriously hurt and have no intention of sustaining any further M/C related injuries so I closely monitor the actions of my right wrist.
I just put a 52T rear sprocket on my 09WR450. Prior to the change I felt I was always between gears 2nd was too low and 3rd was too tall. Now after a week of riding I discovered that I pretty much don't think about the gearing at all. In general, 3rd is perfect for 80% of my riding and I drop down to 2nd for hill climbs. 1st is for really gnarly stuff.
One side benefit that I had not thought of, I found myself getting a bit sloppy with gear selection a few times and the motor just lugged way down and pulled me out of the situation. Had I not changed the sprocket I am sure I would have stalled several times.
Of course the front wheel is much lighter and easier to lift over obstacles.
I am very happy with this change.
Posted January 03, 2010 - 09:25 AM
Posted January 04, 2010 - 03:56 AM
stock on the 06 were 14/50's and ive run everything from 15/50 - 15/45 Dual sport
But lately im very happy with my 13/50 which is about a 14/ 53/4. Topspeed is about 65max but boy, for close track riding its insane, hill climbs you go out in 3rd and hook fourth 3/4 way up. It lifts the front no trouble in 5th gear off the throttle.
But for anything other then the places i ride alot, its useless. If im doing longer rides ill drop on the 15T front or leave the 13t front and drop on the 45 rear.
Posted January 05, 2010 - 01:01 PM
Posted January 05, 2010 - 02:23 PM
I have an 06 WR450 with stock sprockets, that will not climb anything loose/steep at all. When 3rd loses it's momentum 2nd isn't enough to pick it back up and 1st just want's to throw the front wheel back over my head.
What do you recommend. I'm not worried about highway speeds, but I would like to retain the low end aspect for technical stuff as well. Feel free to include brand names.
Posted January 05, 2010 - 03:21 PM
I too just dropped a 52 on the rear... What size front counter sprocket are you running?
Stock - 13T
Posted January 05, 2010 - 05:10 PM
Posted January 05, 2010 - 05:18 PM
One day I will put in a WR450 gearbox in my bike. I hafta experience the granny gear.
Posted January 07, 2010 - 05:45 PM
Posted January 07, 2010 - 06:46 PM
Posted January 08, 2010 - 06:08 AM
Any problems with chain length on the 07 going up to 51 or 52T.
I installed a 52T on a new '09 with a new non-stretched factory chain and it fit. Axle is moved forward almost to the limit but not quite.
Posted January 08, 2010 - 06:05 PM
Posted January 10, 2010 - 05:52 PM
Posted January 10, 2010 - 06:30 PM