So……finally got to try out the new sprocket last weekend @[email protected]
, when I went to the Festival. It was a 200-odd mile day, so a good test (especially as much of it was motorway).
What did I think? Well…..I quite like it! It’s quite strange, as it seems to make all the gears almost appear a little more “elastic” - quite hard to explain, but it seems to give each gear a little flexibility that wasnt there before, and it’s not as simple as just saying the gearing has been raised a little. I feel like it’s changed the bikes character a bit.
It’s definitely more relaxed in each gear, and I’ve not (yet) really noticed any drop off in acceleration, although there must be some (however incremental).
In 30mph areas, it definitely feels just that bit more relaxed in third, which is what I was hoping for, and again in 4th, on 40mph roads, so pretty happy with that!
From memory, on my Koso, it’s now running at about 3600rpms at 80mph, whereas before I’m sure it was at 4000 (I’d need to recheck this though, as it was a week ago now, and I don’t remember numbers so well
I tell you one thing I really noticed, which I didn’t expect - engine braking appears quite considerably reduced - which again sort of makes sense, if you think about it?
I certainly don’t intend to go back to the original sprocket, but will report back more, when I get back out on it.
As for the show itself, a good day was had by all, with plenty to look at:
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A heavily-modified current Royal Enfield Interceptor flying around the flat track, and taking no prisoners:
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Sounded awesome, but so did a modified flat track XS650.
Plenty of old Yams for @Schu
to drool over:
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And…..the biggest shock of all - another SCR in the car park!!!!!
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The first one I’ve ever encountered randomly in the wild! Unfortunately, didn’t get chance to catch the owner……do you lurk on here, I wonder…..??
Got home, and played football with my boy on the driveway, and what did I notice?
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At some point during the day, my reg (license) plate was deposited somewhere on the Queens Highway!!
The mount had completely sheered/snapped!!
Now - was this always going to happen, or the result of the new sprocket? Was I riding faster than normal (as the bike seemed just a little more capable), and that was the cause? Or, was the bike sitting at slightly different revs to normal for some period of time causing slightly different resonances??
Who knows - I did hit a thwacking great pothole at one point, so maybe the rear shocks simply contracted enough to smack it…..🤷♂️
There’s always something……