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Ray Fitch

Edgewater Park, New Jersey

Reviewed on 2005-05-01

Motorcycle reviewed2004 UM DS200

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5.0
Okay, here is my assessment of the different sprocket combinations that I have tried on my 2004 UM DS/200. Keep in mind I don't have a tach, so I don't know what the bike is revving at, I can only go by the sound it makes. I don't really know what the top end speed is on this bike, and I really don't care to find out.<br /> <table align="center" border="1"> <tr> <Td></td> <Td>Purring</td> <td>Buzzing nice</td> <td>Buzzing loud</td> </tr> <Tr> <Td>Stock (15/46)</td> <Td>35</td> <td>40</td> <Td>45</td> </tr> <Tr><Td>16/46</td> <Td>45</td> <Td>50</td> <Td>55</td> </tr> <Tr><Td>16/41</td> <Td>55</td> <td>60</td> <td>65-75</td> </tr> </table> 4th gear cruises at 45mph, close to 50 to shift to 5th much slower than 50mph (47) and you're falling out of the power band. I also did a dirt test. It still seems to have plenty of power for dirt, but I guess it depends on what dirt and what kind of riding you do. Keep in mind that it's a DS, and the muffler is closer to me than a street bike, so that could account for the sound. For my riding, I prefer the 16/41, which makes it more of an adventure bike (like a smaller Triumph Tiger, and half the weight, and about $10,000 less). I mostly like to cruise secondary roads, but need the top end for the bigger roads. I do plan on doing a few enduros, dual sports &#038; adventure tours, which makes it perfect. I would say, if you're pure dirt or enduro, stick with stock if you want a lot of gears on the lower end, 16/46 is nice, little more top end for secondary roads that are 45-50 mph. 16/41 if you are more into adventure riding and want to travel on longer, faster roads or for long periods of time and don't want the motor glowing from the high revs.
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