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KLX 300 gearing for dual-sport use?

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Hey all, it's time for me to consider some new sprockets for dual-sport use. I don't want it to be too revvy on the highway or be too tall for trail use (the tracks around here and gnarly).

Currently have 13:50 which is great for tractoring through the scrub, but 100kph = about 8,000rpm.

I'm wondering if 13:47 would be ok for both worlds?

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13-45 For the win...I can still do 60 on the highway and with the jetting and pipe I can pull great on the trails. Even better if I could lose 50 lbs...:bonk:

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To me it is a function of your abilities on the street and on the trail and what they involve. The trails I ride demand a lot of low gear pulls with some tight turns and given the fact that I am not the best rider around I run a 13:51. No clutch work need to snake around tight trails and can cruise about 50 with a top end of 75. This is mountain riding in Colorado. In lower altitudes it will do better. If 13:47 would give you the desired result then I would opt for a 14:50 which is stock gearing on the bike. It is my understanding that it would be easier on the chain. Also a counter-shaft sprocket is much cheaper on the wallet.

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It is my understanding that it would be easier on the chain.

I've heard this before, less torque applied directly to the chain with a larger counter-shaft sprocket :smirk:

I'll be buying a rear, a couple of new fronts and a chain as well so the wallet will take a beating anyway :bonk:

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I'm running a 15-42 combo, and I do 90% off roading with it. Makes 1st and 2nd gear much more usuable in the woods, and still cruise at 65-70 with no problem.

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I've run 13/14/15 up front with a 49 rear. Now moving to a 45 rear and will use the 13/14/15 depending on situation. It's not too difficult to change out the front sprocket once you figure out the techniques.

'06 KLX250

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