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Old 08-01-2013, 02:15 PM   #15
Jim K in PA
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Location: Pocono Mountains, PA
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Kicking this (great, informative) older thread to the top to get some feedback on low speed technical riding (picking a line through rough stuff, etc). My '79 R100T has its original 32/11 final. With a 120/90-18 rear tire, I feel I have to slip the clutch too much to keep it from stalling on some steeper, rocky hills. And that was with no extra gear (weight) on the bike.

I just replaced the 120/90 rear tire with a 4.00-18, which is narrower, but even taller. Should I look for a 32/10 or a 37/11 final to keep the revs a bit higher at low speed? Or is the difference between the two (only 5%) not worth worrying about?

I am not an 80mph highway kind of rider (no faring). If I have to slab it, I prefer 65-70 max unless I am passing someone. Overall I prefer back roads at 50-60 and dirt roads & trails at a lot less!

Thanks for any more detailed BTDT input.
Jim K in PA
1979 BMW R100T - Otto - Returned to the road - 5/12/11
1975 BMW R90S Hack - Olga - Olga's story - adopted 3/22/14
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