Yep, I have thought about that but it just seems that I have a lot more "get up and go" than I need. I'm thinking that the 1 tooth on the drive sprocket would be equivalent to about 2 on the rear sprocket. I can't imagine that it could cause a strain in 1st gear. But, that's why I asked. Thanks!Keep in mind, raising the final drive ratio, will drop the rpm, across the board. Unless all you do is highway driving, with little or no other riding, you may find you've created a monster. The Sportster engine is designed to "rev" compared to larger Harley Davidson engines. The 1200 already is geared higher than a 883 to allow for use of the higher horsepower. Gonna make starting out in first a little chore.
I was hoping someone who has actually done that would give me their first hand experience. Having said that, I think I can agree with your opinion. Besides, there's not much long distance riding done on my Sporty anyway. Thanks again.Not on first gear, but it does require a lot of attention to keep from possibly "lugging" the engine. As to get up and go, that's why some people buy the 1200!