Did you go 14 tooth or 15?Yup I've done it. Mixed results..
Good: 1st gear is super low and makes navigating technical stuff a lot less "clutchy".
Bad: You change gear more, 1st gear is good for about 4 feet if you're are taking off. The speedo inaccuracy is massive. I need to hit an indicated 121 kph in order to actually do 100 kph according to my GPS. It's actually a real pain to have to mentally adjust for the speedo all the time. There is always the speedo healer but it's pricey and worse, a giant pain to install.
I swapped back to my 16 tooth front sprocket today. The bike seems happier with this setup and certainly has enough torque to make it work. I don't mind using a little more clutch now and then if it means a working speedo and a more relaxed riding experience. I think the engineers at Honda got it right.
The only problem with that, is that like the V-strom the AT has a "optimistic" speedo lol, so I believe you have to up a tooth right? I'm thinking if you change the rear sprocket by a tooth the effects would not be as dramatic as the front sprocket since it is much bigger to begin with. not too mention it is a whole lot easier!I'd rather change the size of the rear sprocket, don't know why. I did that with my Versys 650 and the best bit was it made the speedo dead accurate. It maybe wouldn't be a bad idea if it helped the AT's inaccurate speedo.
Hmm, mine is within one mph of my Zumo 665 and I have read other US bikes reported to be the same.This is not true, on mine at 80 MPH indicated on bike My GPS says 72 MPH. It may be true for your bike but unfortunately mine is inaccurate.
Wild, hmmm. I am not on stock tires now, but I took the speed measurement with stock tires. I was using the GPS on my phone so maybe thats innacurate? If my speedo is correct then I have been speeding around quite a bitHmm, mine is within one mph of my Zumo 665 and I have read other US bikes reported to be the same.
I wonder why yours would be different? I'm still on stock tires are you?