Originally Posted by FakeName
It's always been my understanding (I could be wrong, and often am) the dampened sprocket is meant to be gentler to the power train.
spafxer has it right: Rear cush yes, but the rubber on the front sprocket dampens only noise. It does nothing to cushion the drive.
I miss round headlights.
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