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September 28th, 2016, 05:36 PM   #21
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I Ride: 2006 FS650e, 2007 FE550e, 2016 Ktm500Exc
I also wanted to mention about gearing. I'm running 15/48 on the 550 as I had run on the 650 also.
I knew the 550 would be different with the same gearing but not as drastic as it is. I even thought there must be a 14 on the front so I checked. And it is a 15.
Especially on the street. The 550 blows through the first 3 gears and seems shorter for sure. When it gets into 4 through 6 it feels taller. But not down low. And 6th feels somewhere closer to 5th with the 650 than 6th.
In the dirt it all feels pretty good but shorter than the 650. I would say it feels like a 650 running 15/50 or 14/47. Somewhere around there.

So being as the 550 revs quicker, it really make a difference in gearing as its reved out earlier and wants you to shift.

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April 20th, 2017, 09:36 AM   #22
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I Ride: 2014.5 KLR650,2002 Yamaha Road Star Warrior, 2002 TE570,1993 KX500, 1984 TT600, 1980 CB750F,
Are these bikes exactly the same except for the stroke? Same camshaft, carburetor etc. ?
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April 20th, 2017, 11:29 AM   #23
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I think the carbs are the same brucifer.
I have some time on the 550 now. 15/47 was exactly what I needed for the on/off switch feel.
The 650 torque lets you know whats up initially in comparison but look out for the 550 when its hammer time. Its a blast !!

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April 20th, 2017, 11:26 PM   #24
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I run 16/45 on my FE501 on the road and it tops out in 6th? what are the rest of you doing! dragging the brakes!

16/45 on the road and 13/48 green laning. I adjust the chain in about 1-minute flat now.

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April 21st, 2017, 04:40 AM   #25
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Im setting the 550 up with 17 inch wheels for street.
Im trying 15/38 first and see if it will work.
Im not sure if its going to be a little tall.
The Fs650 with 16/40 feels good.

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