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Replacement sprockets 2015+

Has anyone replaced both sprockets and chain on a 2015+ plus yet?
If so what brands did you use and where did you get them.
I am about to turn 17,000 miles on my 2015 and I am looking
to swap mine out before I zip to Bar Harbor for a lobster
next month. Any help would be great!!
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Just the regular "JT" or "Sun Star" sprockets, same as on the Gen 1 and 2 Vs.

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On average, how long do sprockets usually last on the Versys 650 before needing to be replaced?

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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On average, how long do sprockets usually last on the Versys 650 before needing to be replaced?
Depends if you clean and lube your chain religiously, keep it properly tensioned and aligned, etc.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Original chain and sprockets will typically last 15 to 20,000 miles. The original chain is "OK" but there are better aftermarket chains that will get you in the 25,000 range with similar steel sprockets.
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...The original chain is "OK" but there are better aftermarket chains that will get you in the 25,000 range with similar steel sprockets.
The OEM chain on my '08 V lasted about 56,000 MILES on ONLY WD40 to clean and lube it. Changed countershaft sprockets at around 29K miles, rear one same time I replaced the chain.

Here's a link to the thread I posted about the 'change'....

Changing my ORIGINAL chain and rear sprocket
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The steel counter shaft sprockets are quite a bit louder than the MaKaw damped ones. I installed a D.I.D. x ring with JT sprockets in the kit at 11k miles. The bike had already had at least the rear sprocket and the chain replaced. Apparently chain maintenance was not in the previous owners repertoire.

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The steel counter shaft sprockets are quite a bit louder than the MaKaw damped ones....
I wear ear-plugs, so I never noticed....
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While my bike is brand new, I changed the front out immediately from a 15 tooth to a 16 tooth @ 50 kms ( 30 miles) , this was primarily to correct the speedo with a bonus slight drop in the rpm's .... the rear and chain remained the same.

And as I flipped into 6th, I could not remember a damn thing she said ....
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My '08 V has 30,000 miles on it with the original stock chain and rear sprocket. I replaced the countershaft sprocket a couple of years ago. I expect to get another 10,000 miles before replacing the chain and sprockets.
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I wear ear-plugs, so I never noticed....

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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