Gee Wally, let's talk sprockets...! (650L)

OK, looking to re-sprocket an L.

What are your opinions on:

1) Best gearing you like for your riding style

2) Best manufacturers, including OEM Honda.

3) Best materials for your style of riding (steel, aluminum, nubile-virgin-blessed titanium, etc.)

Oh, and I'd be using a new stock OEM chain.

14/48 seems to be the consensus for street/trail mix.

...mmmmMMMmm...trail mix (|):8_)

Sunstar steal sprockets 14/48 for the woods and stock or some sort of mix for the road. It's a simple bike and steal sprocket's are just fine. That stock chain seem's to be holding up very well for me.

The Sunstar sprockets work well for me. I use 14/48 off-road, 14/45 on-road (a different set of wheels for on-road).

I use 15/48 for the street and 14/48 when strictly off. I got 15,000 miles out of my stock DID chain, very little wear to the spockets.

I have sunstar steel too. 14/47 works for me on and off road. I can run trails without "clunking" (jerking) and easily run at 65-70 mph all day without overheating (220 dipstick temp). Had to smooth the rear sprocket though it did have some "edges" to it. Moto grinder, fine, did the job.

I run a DID gold with rivot master link (my opinion do not use clip links) and really love the "X" ring. Lub it (clean it) a lot like any chain, every few hundred miles. This is a tortured part of the bike and needs lots of love. My stock chain was damaged with some heavy duty agricultural fence wire otherwise I'd probably still be running it. Parelli MT 21's have gone 2,000 miles and have another 1/2 to 1/3 left, they wear really well and have not been babied.

I have the intake, carb, exhaust mods to uncork so temps are very much related to the uncorking. No wings either.

Some use different gearing for trail and road, I'm too lazy to do that but I can get the front up easy with this gering. Some of my buddies change the front gear cause it's not that hard. Can't imagine changing the rear or pulling the whole wheel but those who are likely much better riders than I may choose to do it.

By the way the only problem I've heard with a 48 rear is related to chain guide allignment. The guide is not really very well alligned given the larger 48 tooth diameter sprocket. At least check the guides more often for added wear. I figured one less tooth at 47 and better allignment was the best overall compromise but you may also be compromising some low end performance too.

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