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XR650L Gearing, sprocket size question

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I'm searching Bike Bandit because they have Honda OEM counter-shaft sprockets and then I start looking at rear sprockets. Seems I can order a steel JT rear sprocket in nearly any number of teeth. 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 etc. all the way up to 53.

I've been riding stock 15-45 (nearly 10,000 miles) and want to gear down a bit for the woods but keep it as great as possible on the road too. In the woods I ride in, 2nd gear is often too fast but 1st is too slow. I end up shifting back and forth a lot. Definitely going to get OEM XR600R 14 tooth sprocket for the front and a new OEM 15 tooth as well to switch back and forth but not sure what to get in back. Was thinking 46 because it's close to 45 and hopefully won't change the highway that much but might contribute to the better off road ratio.

What do you think? Should I go 46 teeth or stay with the stock number 45? (assuming 110 link chain)

Here's how the numbers look:

14-46 = 3.285

14-45 = 3.214

15-46 = 3.066

15-45 = 3.000

Anybody got any better ideas?

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I think it really depends on how much street riding you do, I run 14-45, mostly pavement lately, I'm think of going higher in the back just for the torque around town in traffic. Buy as many as you can afford and expirment a little.

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I have been running 14/48 for 8000mi. Just switched the 14 back to 15. I couldnt stand the highway ride that low. Not that I road the XR on the highway that much. It made a diff on the trails though.I'm going to have to get used to the higher second on the trails. The bike does better wheelies now I have noticed.

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I'm searching Bike Bandit because they have Honda OEM counter-shaft sprockets and then I start looking at rear sprockets. Seems I can order a steel JT rear sprocket in nearly any number of teeth. 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 etc. all the way up to 53.

I've been riding stock 15-45 (nearly 10,000 miles) and want to gear down a bit for the woods but keep it as great as possible on the road too. In the woods I ride in, 2nd gear is often too fast but 1st is too slow. I end up shifting back and forth a lot. Definitely going to get OEM XR600R 14 tooth sprocket for the front and a new OEM 15 tooth as well to switch back and forth but not sure what to get in back. Was thinking 46 because it's close to 45 and hopefully won't change the highway that much but might contribute to the better off road ratio.

What do you think? Should I go 46 teeth or stay with the stock number 45? (assuming 110 link chain)

Here's how the numbers look:

14-46 = 3.285

14-45 = 3.214

15-46 = 3.066

15-45 = 3.000

Anybody got any better ideas?

I will tell you this.. 46 and 47 tooth rears are N/A for the L. I tried. Even talked to a parts guy from the TT store who knows his stuff. Only for the R are they avail. So, I have a 14 and 15 C/S sprockets, and 48 and 45 rear for my L.

I always keep the 48 on the rear. It works well with the 14 and 15 fronts. The 14/48 is comfy on the highway at steady speeds of no more than 60-62 MPH. Gets real buzzy after that. The 15 front is good for highway speeds sustained at 65-70.

Then when you get to the trail head, put the 14 on. That makes a great offroad gearing setup. Easy and quick to change the fronts.

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