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Old 02-22-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Stock R12GS ratio to high ?

Looking to lower the FD ratio on an 09.
Planning on getting a sidecar & don't want to be slipping the clutch, nor do I want the additional cost of a different clutch now.

Bike has only 16,000 miles. We don't slip the clutch as many others do & don't care to start now. Any suggestions as to who or where to go for a better ratio for this ''Hack to be''?

This is to be a pavement & hard pack touring rig, a rough riding scrambler.

Any direction is appreciated
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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There are 3 possibilities that I'm aware of.

1. the 3.0 ratio FD from a european R850 RT. Available from your dealer.

2. Switch to a GSA, or replace your trans with the Enduro trans from one.

3. Go to "the Dark Side". You can get a slightly smaller diameter car tire that will effectively lower your drive output. Considering tire wear on a rig, this option will save you money on tires in the long run, and don't cost any more than the 3.0 FD

None of the options will get you more than 3-4% lower. A lower profile car tire, with an Enduro transmission and a 3.0 FD will get you about 7-8% lower (which is a huige difference)

Jay, from DMC sidecars once told me he has only wished for a lower ratio when towing his tent trailer behind his rig, 2-up and with luggage.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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I can give a little personal experince. I have an 08 GSA. Last summer I blew up the tranny out in the NV desert NW of Gerlach.

A new Enduro tranny was around $3k so I looked for a used one. Looked for months and finally found a standard one w/ only ~9k miles one it for $1250.

I've had it out a few times since treadless & I installed it in December. Starting takes a bit more clutch but once you get going, it doesn't matter. The only this that would be a real clutch slipping occasion would probably starting on a steep incline. The higher 6th gear doesn't seems to improve the mpg much if any, but I haven't had it out for any kind of significant distance. The more relaxed engine RPMs at freeway speeds is nice. Acceleration and passing is adequate w/o downshifting, but you might have to drop a gear on a long grade.

So for me, at least, the standard tranny is going to work out just fine.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:13 AM   #4
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Max 3.0

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic..._3.0%20UPGRADE

Even though BMW likes to have their bikes have lots of low end grunt they are still oversquare (bores greater than stroke) and usually like a few more rpms, I just looked at some specs peak torque 5500, HP beyond 7250.Gear it down twist its tail, my 1150gsa always delivers better economy with less grunting more spinning.
Just for you Wolfie its German not a Buell.DB
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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I know close doesn't count but mine is better

[QUOTE
Just for you Wolfie its German not a Buell.DB[/QUOTE]

My Buell has a very close to German motor, the Austrain Rotex 1125.
But then only in Horse Shoes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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I originally had my sidecar on an 07 GS. I live on a hill, and pretty much all of Vermont is hilly. Honestly, I never had a problem with the gearing. The only reason I changed to the GSA was the sidecar did horrible things to my range, and the larger gas tank restored a decent range. The enduro tranny didn't make a difference I could notice, but when I converted to a car tire that plus the tranny made uphill starts a tiny bit easier in stop and go traffic. But this is Vermont. We have Rush Minute, not Rush Hour. Stop and go here lasts about two minutes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:45 PM   #7
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Just for you Wolfie its German not a Buell.DB
My Buell has a very close to German motor, the Austrain Rotex 1125.
But then only in Horse Shoes.[/QUOTE]

Austrian motor owned by a Canadian Co, it was rather sad that when he finally got a motor and a chassis together HD was in bad enough shape to just shut the Buell business down.By then it was almost a cool bike but I'm originally a Ducati owner, I had a 944 Monster and test rode a Lightening but it had push rods and shook allot.DB
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