Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Monroe, New York
This is interesting discussion, especially about the fuel economy. I am from upstate New York and use my bikes year round (I don't have a car). So my Rebel got 48 MPG during Dec/Jan month, with below freezing temps and riding with half open choke (engine never warmed up to close it completely). Then as weather got warmer, I started to see 50, 54, 57, 67, 76, and now in the summer months a consistent 75+ MPG on mixed trips with stops and 91 MPG on a straight 130 mile trip averaging 45-55 MPH. My bike is 100% stock 1987 Rebel 8000 miles on it.
My point is that the sprocket test that someone makes and mileage that he gets may not be the same that someone else with different temperature settings and elevation would get.
As for the sprocket change, I thought about it, but had some road situations where I was glad I had the stock setting. Then again, in my case it may work and someone else's not. I am only 115 lb heavy and my take-off acceleration is more than adequate for traffic, even if it's 50+ MPH traffic. Just my 2 cents.
1987 Honda Rebel
2016 Tao Tao Evo