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xr650r needs a 6th gear

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I took by bike for a ride today (haven't been out for quite awhile) and absolutly love my bike, but I always find myself trying to shift into the next gear when im already in 5th. Wouldn't it be nice if Honda added a 6th gear along with a electric start. I bet if Honda upgraded this bike with these items they would see a huge increase in sales. :thumbsup:

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Oh yeah I hear ya dude, I do the same thing all the time, trying to hit the next gear and it's not there. haha. If your bike is uncorked/jetted, it'll take you to 100mph in 5th with no prob, very quickly, but a 6th would be really cool. I have the same problem with my KX500, it's geared even lower than the XR650R.

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There have been lots of times I wish the bike had a sixth gear. I am by no means a speed freak. I would love to have the acceleration of the 13 tooth front sprocket however for the dual sport rides crusing gets kinda buzzy. A 15 tooth fixes that but it makes first to tall for the tight stuff. A sixth gear would be the perfect compromise so I wouldn't have to change out the front sprocket depending on how I plan on riding the bike.

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My riding buddies and I do these long rides that average around 1000 miles (4-5 days)and quite often stretch our gas stops out to around 175 to 200 miles (I usually need to carry extra gas in my backpack). I have a IMS 4.6 tank, but would think with a 6th gear I could run the bike at lower rpm and increase my mpg. I haven't decided if I want to run a taller countershaft gear since we do get ourselves into some tight technical stuff. I don't know what Honda would do with future productions of this bike, but a 6th gear would be nice for cruising speeds.

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I agree. I am in the same dilemma. I would like to go to a 13 tooth front sprocket for off road, but it is already buzzy on the road with a 14. 6 speed would be perfect!!

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I too agree... sixth gear would be heaven.

I run a 15/48 for most rides, and when I'm on the 'single track' stuff second is waaay to fast and first almost too slow.

However... my bike ran 102mph (on the GPS ) this last Sunday, and on flat pavement with me at 200lbs plus gear (another 30lbs at least). I'm happy with it. Just add a sixth and I'd be exstatic.

Once they add 8th gear, I know I'll be in trouble. :thumbsup:

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I've kinda got the opposite problem. I don't plan on doing much 75+ driving, and with stock 15/45 and my new Kenda rear tire which is 2" taller, I might have to keep it in 4th at 55MPH! This is a 650L. What's the max rear pitch that can be used with the 15T and stock chain? 50? 51? T.I.A.

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Coming off huskies for better than 20 years, I was always trying to shift into 6th. Then, I would roll on the throttle and the bushes would blur by. 6th would be nice for Baja and the desert. 15 tooth is good. Husky used to go to a 17 tooth. Ruins 1st gear for anything but wide open though. :thumbsup:

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Husky used to go to a 17 tooth. Ruins 1st gear for anything but wide open though. :thumbsup:

Holy Bageeezus... That's like a Extra Large Meat Lovers from Pizza Hut. Damn... 17 toother! Huge!

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17/44 to be exact. Needed that to get 110+ out of the 400s. Back then we had long dry lakebeds and dirt roads to traverse. I still have a new 17 that is on my current 1974 Husky 400WR. Fun to wind it out in 6th speed. Of course, my old XR 650 goes that fast with a 15/48 in 5th, but whose counting. :thumbsup:

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I took my bike out on the highway yesterday, and kept wanting to shift to a higher gear, I had 5th maxed and could have used another. I stand corrected, and I too feel the need for speed.

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On your rear sprocket question.I still have the original chain on my XRL and a 48 tooth rear is the largest that will fit with a 15 front.The adjuster is on the first notch.Now asssuming your chain is the stock lenght(being a '94)is another matter. :thumbsup:

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