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In a similar thread where the poster asked what mods should be made to the cycle, kitabel wrote -



My Velo 562 weighs lass than 250#, why exactly would a smaller trans sprocket be needed???
With the chair and passenger on my 883 Evo, I have to drag the clutch more than I like to get rolling in first - hence the smaller front sprocket. Your sidecar may weigh 250 lbs., but add a passenger to the mix and things get heavy.
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With the chair and passenger on my 883 Evo, I have to drag the clutch more than I like to get rolling in first - hence the smaller front sprocket. Your sidecar may weigh 250 lbs., but add a passenger to the mix and things get heavy.
Thank you for your reply!

Interesting. My 250# included ballast; I don't expect many pax. My '83 XLH FSM calls for a 21/48 tooth sprocket combination; it came with a 20t trans sprocket, which I've continued. So I imagine that takes care of the 'smaller sprocket'.

When I replaced the H-D gearset in my trans with all-Andrews gears, I chose the Andrews c/r 4th [clutch] gear. I actually never noticed any appreciable difference between the original H-D 4th and the Andrews c/r 4th gear this last Summer. Doesn't make any difference here, I think.

I might add more ballast. On another thread, a member mentioned using 60# ballast; that sounds low to me now. I'm thinking of upping that to 120#...
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