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Trophy Trophy 3 & 4 - for all 900 and 1200cc models 1991- 2004

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Old 11-02-2012, 04:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If I lived in the hills with lots of twisty bits I'd be less concerned about gearing it for the highway. But I live in Iowa, lots of open 4 lane roads(i.e. boring) and I usually ride at 65-75mp all the time. If I'm running 4 lanes it's frequently a bit faster yet.

I've also not achieved 40mpg so far. I bought it with a "stage 1" jet kit, averaging about 80mph I returned about 23mpg.......
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If I lived in the hills with lots of twisty bits I'd be less concerned about gearing it for the highway. But I live in Iowa, lots of open 4 lane roads(i.e. boring) and I usually ride at 65-75mp all the time. If I'm running 4 lanes it's frequently a bit faster yet.

I've also not achieved 40mpg so far. I bought it with a "stage 1" jet kit, averaging about 80mph I returned about 23mpg.......
Exactly what I was getting at. The type of riding you have would have me looking at taller gearing too. Starting out in first would be an only limiting factor. Too much clutch slippage just to get moving is not good. Even with the higher speeds you run at though 23 mpg doesn't sound right even with stock gearing. What actually does a "stage 1" jet kit entail? I've not had the "pleasure" of having to inspect my carbs so I don't know what's in there for jets or the needle position but I have no drivability issues and am returning just about 40 mpg.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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19/40 is the tallest gearing you can get for the Trophy. I don't think a 20 tooth sprocket will fit in the housing, and I haven't found anything smaller than 40 that will fit the rear. For the 1200, this is probably the best overall gearing unless you're an acceleration freak. This may be a little to tall for the 900 unless you ride solo and lightly loaded. Maybe 18/40 or 19/43 would probably be as tall as I would go with the 900.

Travis, don't know who trashed your carbs, but you should be getting much better mpg's than that. Is this a 900 or 1200? If no other mods have been done, I would return to stock jetting. 2-up, loaded heavy and pushing hard I get 36mpg out of my 1200.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I am currently running a 19/42 set on my 1996 Trophy 1200, and on solo trips am hitting around 48 mpg. 2-up drops it to around 42-43. This is "normal" riding, when I get on it, it drops to 38-39.


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Old 12-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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My 96 900 came with 17/43. Currently I have 19/40, but I am going to go back to (US) stock with my next chain. I find that I am always riding in a lower gear.

The 19/40 was stock for certain markets, but I feel it has changed the ridability of the bike too much. Probably fine if all you do is open highway riding.
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