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post #1 of 12 Old 03-10-2019, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yesterday was a milestone day LOL

Rode some yesterday. I hit 50 MPH. I know you're impressed. LOL Actually, I had been thinking the speedo might have been off. I felt like I was doing 60 -65 when it registered 45. Used an app on my phone to check it. 45 was 45, the speedo was accurate. I definitely need to do a sprocket change. I'm quite content riding at 55 MPH - have no desire to go any faster on a bike. I'm not scared (jumped out of jet aircraft in the US Army), just enjoy riding the speed limit. I will not be hitting the Interstate, so 55 is good enuf. I do hate to hear that little engine screaming like it did at 50, so I plan to gear the bike a little higher.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-10-2019, 01:55 PM
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I went that route, and didn't notice much improvement in engine rpms, but there was some. Helps to wear earplugs.

For me, the best riding is done on twisties as fast as the rider is comfortable, and within the bike's capabilities.

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I achieve 70 on flat and level with stock sprockets..

Rebel sprocket ratios have been cussed and discussed many times here.. @01-7700 's comment was the most informative of them all..
https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f77/...ml#post1123514

Don't forget to check rear wheel alignment after your install..
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I still say the stock gearing is perfect. That little engine is made to spin. I have ridden many full days on the interstate with the throttle pegged. The engine can handle it. In fact it's far better than lugging the engine. If you have stock exhaust, the shouldn't be a problem. I usually wear earplugs on longer rides, even though I wear a full face helmet. The problem is more due to wind noise than noise from the bike.
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Thank y'all for responding.'I don't really have any problem with sound. The mufflers have a little rumble to them, but it's pleasant and not too loud. One thing too is that when I fit my fat head into my new helmet, it fits very snug and blocks out most noise. My old helmet was never like that. Some of the difference in my 2 helmets is probably the design and manufacturing between helmets made in the 70s (yes, I'm an old geezer) and the new ones today. I did discover one thing that made the bike feel like it was going faster. There was some vibration that turned out to be the chain adjusted a little too tight. I'm "supposed" to know to check stuff like that - oh well. If it's going to be a little too loose or a little too tight, I'm in favor of loose. I'll get my manual out and see what it actually calls for. I ran it 45 on the dirt road in front of my house and it seemed better since I loosened the chain a little. When we head to Florida Friday, I'll have earplugs with me since we're going to the Gator Nationals. I should not need ear plugs riding at Bike Week but will have some in my pocket anyway.
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Here's my bike after I removed the backrest and goofy strap on the passenger seat.
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Chain slack should be around 3/4"-1". The Jardine pipes on your bike are a little louder than the stock muffler.

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3/4 to 1 inch was about what I figured but was going to check the manual to be sure. Thank you for saving me the trouble. Those pipes sound good to me. They're not too loud, but hopefully make enuf noise that someone will hear them and then look. I like the saying - "Loud Pipes Save Lives". For me that is particularly bikes with 2 or even 1 cylinder. I'm a motorcycle enthusiast for sure, but my interest starts downhill a little if it has more than 2 cylinders. I'll never criticize anyone for their "several" cylinder bike. I just like simpler 1 or 2 cylinders. Maybe I'm simple minded. LOL Being a Harley fan, I certainly like the V Twins. When Honda CB 750s came out, that was super cool after spending my youth around Honda 50s thru Honda CB and CL 450s. I rode my first street legal bike in the 60s. A friend had a black Honda 50 about 1966 or 67 - not to be confused with the little Honda 50 dirt bikes like Mini Trails and such. I started on it and went up thru the sizes. I owned a Honda 90 and then a Honda CL 450. After I got out of the Army in 1980 I went to work. In 82, a co-worker had a 1978 Harley Sportster for sale so I bought it. When I got married in 1984, I had the Harley, a 57 Chevy 2 door 210 and a 1969 Corvette. 3 months after we got married, my wife got pregnant. A few months later, the Harley and the Corvette were gone. Another 5 years and the 57 was gone. I've got 2 wonderful kids, though!

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Just an FYI for you redclayhd, looks like you may be running lean if the carb wasn't rejetted for those pipes already.

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Lean carb, due to aftermarket exhaust - Had not thought about that. Thank you. I'll start checking into rejetting. I know it runs pretty good, but it's just not running 100%. I can tell it seems to be a fuel issue. 99% of riders wld ride and not worry about it, but I know it's not quite right and can't leave it alone. I will ride for a while b4 I decide to go into the carb. I've got to rebuild the carb for my Harley so I'll probably do it all at the same time. When i do go into the carb, hopefully it won't be so cold natured afterwards.

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