I posted this a month or so ago. Since then I have slowed down a lot and often ride at 55mph in 6th at around 4300rpm. I still like the 16T a lot.....6th gear:
15T = 65mph @ 5,000rpm
16T = 69mph @ 5,000rpm
For the riding I do I like it a lot. 6th gear is pretty much freeway only now. I think comes down to how much time you spend at 70+ mph. IMO, with stock gearing the bike purred nicly at 65mph but was over reving at 70+mph. Now with a 16T I find myself commuting at 70 instead of 65. I have been going back to 5th at 50-55mph.
I have no complaints about the power in the lower gears with the 16T. It still pulls hard..
Hmm I was told by a Husqvarna dealer,that Husqvarna didn't sell a factoryI used the OEM husky part, bought it from another SMJ'er.
For dirt bike guys, they probably like the shorter gearing. For a guy who came from sportbikes like myself, it's still shorter than ANY bike I've ever ridden.
I agree with your buds if you bring it up in 1st then shift into higher gears. I like to bring it up in second though, so I think a 16T would hurt my efforts.My '06 610 actually came OEM with a 16t and I ordered a 15t for better bottom end wheelies and such. My buds on the same bike tell me now that the 16t will actually help in wheelies cuz you won't run outta gear so quick and it will be easier to shift into 2nd while vertical.
Any thoughts on this before I change it back to see. :hmmm: