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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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Are these bikes exactly the same except for the stroke? Same camshaft, carburetor etc. ?
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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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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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I Ride: 2006 FS650e, 2007 FE550e, 2016 Ktm500Exc
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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I Ride: 2006 FS650e, 2007 FE550e, 2016 Ktm500Exc
My official Supermoto review .
I rode the FS650 and FS550 back to back today. The 650 geared at 16/40 and the 550
geared at 15/38. So close enough ratio with the 650 slightly taller at 2.5 to the 2.53.
Both bikes like their gearing.
Its a run for the money at the start with the 650 edging it off bottom until the 550 gains
on it and steps out with a massive blast in the middle. I cant say it's a lot faster there but
faster is what it feels like. And without the vibration.
The 650 is fun everywhere with its linear bottom to top thrust.
The 550 can be a handful off road with its race attitude ( depending on gearing too), but I think it really shines as a Supermoto.
Can't wait to get more time on it.

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..and I guess in conclusion I was wondering how well the 550 was going to pull that gear. 15/38.
And it pulls it no problem with the full on HIT that it shows as an enduro.
Impressed. ..
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