Originally Posted by MarkR
I'm talking long up hill sections with dozens of 40-50mph corners - yes I know I've accentuated the problem by raising the gearing but the problem is always going to be there, no matter what the final drive.

What's your RPM at 40 to 50 mph? Seems to me 40 is about mid-range, say 3800 RPM, while in 2nd with standard gearing. With taller gears, I'd be comfortable staying in 2nd, especially on a grade, until near 55mph. Am I mistaking? (Maybe my tach is way off)