I have decided to once again upgrade my gearing. I wish I would have done this particular combination originally. On the rear I have reduced the sprocket size again. The original gearing was 48 and then I went to a 44. Now I have gone to a 42 and it is seriously like a totally different machine and I absolutely love it. It is so much more fun to ride.
I do have less torque and have once again needed to adjust my riding style but I feel the reduced power is overcome by reving a little higher before shifts. Nothing unusual just a bit more. The benefits of this new gearing completely over shadow the drawbacks which also includes a reduction in fuel mileage.I get about 40-50 miles less per tank. This requires me to fill up one day earlier than I formerly had to as I was in a pretty good routine filling up once a week for my commute of 40 miles a day. This was the thing that took me the longest to get used to.
The 4th gear is bigger and I find myself cruising through town on the faster streets in fourth gear. When I went from the 48 to the 44 sprocket my 4th gear got bigger but now it is even bigger.
Call Smitty @ JP Motorsports and get one or have your dealer put one on for you. You will not regret it.
I have upgraded the headlight of my urban assault sumo! When upgrading or replacing your stock headlight you will be requiring a H4 bulb. Of course you can go with another stock headlight there are much better lights that give a brighter light and actually draw less energy or the equivalent energy from the bikes electrical system. This is important for maintaining reliability and not over taxing the bikes system.
I upgraded to a PIAA 10904 H4 Intense White - H4 60/55W=135/125W Xtra Intense White Bulb. It is in my opinion a much brighter headlamp.
Shopping around I found them in a twin pack for $42.00 with free shipping. Regardless of the price you find you I am confident will be very happy with your purchase.
I have had my 3M reflective decals or stickers on my motorcycle for over a year now and they look just as good as the day I put them on. Perfect in fact. They are the highest quality 3M material. I went with the black number plate decals that look black but when light reflects off them they reflect white. Very cool. I love them.
Here is my video displaying how the black reflective stickers turn white for safety when the light from the flash bulb hits them. You have probably seen this youtube video I made when I first put them on but it really shows how they show up when light hits the reflective sticker's material.
I wanted to let you all know where to get them since they are kind of hard to find and the people there were really very nice to me when I was asking them questions via email. I actually did not order the "number sets" I just told them I wanted 3 sets of the number 18 with the size that I was looking for and they mailed those out with some extra free stickers. Some "flames" and "jolly rogers". All of them are black reflective decals.
I rode to work a few times this Winter and it was a little too cold in the morning (I know you are saying "no duh" to yourself rite now). I was planning on toughing it out and riding most of the Winter knowing it would be possible but my Mom came to visit for Thanksgiving and then we had a week of rain. So I just got too comfy in my truck. The rides home were fine though. Now Spring time is here and the mornings are warming up. I just went for an evening ride.
The motorcycle sat outside with a cover over it all winter and still runs great. All the moving parts, breaks, levers etc. work flawlessly. At one point it sat for 2 1/2 months but when I went to start it up, the engine turned right over.
In a comment left by ejc_61364 he was wondering about future upgrades or modifications I may be planning. Rite now about the only thing I am considering is a new chain. I may just put a run of the mill motorcycle chain on but I really want the Sidewinder V-Series Smart Chain. It supposedly reduces friction and that would help this 200cc powerplant out I am sure. I will keep you all posted.
Have fun out there and be safe on your motorcycles.
Some people may say "this is not necessary". I say "your an idiot". OK, maybe not an idiot just a dummy! This LED dashboard gear indicator is one of my favorite features on the Qlink XF200. In this photo the "N" indicates the transmission is in neutral.
I use it CONSTANTLY. I use it to tell me when I am in neutral at stop lights so I can be sure I can let out my clutch without bucking the machine and stalling out, I use it when I am coming out of a turn onto another street to be sure I am not in too high of a gear, I use it when "splitting lanes" on the highway or in heavy city traffic to feel more secure in maintaining control (splitting lanes only legal in California FYI).
It comes in handy at all times when riding and saves a lot of avoidable abuse and wear and tear on the power train. Not to mention, this is a major benefit to beginners for obvious reasons. The xf200 is my first street motorcycle. This feature was/is so beneficial to me I felt it was long overdue for a mention in the XF200 Blog.