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I'll be interested in your opinion after a few tanks, Speedo correction? Also how does it affect the miles to empty?
I'm still itching for my own v1k.
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I had a 2011 Ninja 1000. Same motor as the V-1000. I switched to a 16 tooth front sprocket and loved it. Dropped the freeway speed rpm down about 500 rpm and fixed the speedo error.

That front sprocket nut was a real bear. You must have a good quality half inch impact. I ended up taking the bike to a shop where the guy had a good impact and the nut came right off.

I recently installed new sprockets and chain on my V-650 and the front sprocket nut is a royal PITA on it too. Fortunately my son in law owns a quality half inch impact. I borrowed it and the nut was no match for it's torque.

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Are you changing just the front sprocket, or both the front and back? I just ordered a 16/42 from JT to replace the 15/43. I too am curious about how this will mess up the computer readings. Does anyone know if there are computer settings that can be modified to reflect this change?

The Versys engine is simply geared too low; a perfect candidate for a 7-speed transmission IMHO.

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I'll be interested in your opinion after a few tanks, Speedo correction? Also how does it affect the miles to empty?
I'm still itching for my own v1k.
I keep hearing riders here searching for speed correction. My 2016 650LT is off by 2-3 mph at all speeds (from 25 mph all the way to 105 mph). Thiis is pretty accurate in my book, unless my GPS speed is off too.
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I have ordered new sorockets (16/42) and will be getting them installed in a few weeks.

Currently on my V1k, here are some performance specs based on my driving style and experience running 93 octane fuel. I am carrying a Drybag 600 with about 100 lbs of gear. No pillion.

At highway speeds of 70-75 mph, my rpms are ~4250 and ~4400 respectively, ~48 mpg.

At highway speeds of 55-60 mph, my rpms are ~3400 rpm, ~51.4 mpg.

I will tell you how these stats change with the new sprockets installed.
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After further research, I see others that have made this sprocket change have experienced issues with the gear indicator reading a gear higher after second gear. I think I will pass for now on it for now. Being pretty OCD, that would annoy me to death.

Thanks to all who have performed or explored this issue.


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I have ordered new sprockets (16/42) and will be getting them installed in a few weeks.

Currently on my V1k, here are some performance specs based on my driving style and experience running 93 octane fuel. I am carrying a Drybag 600 with about 100 lbs of gear. No pillion.

At highway speeds of 70-75 mph, my rpms are ~4250 and ~4400 respectively, ~48 mpg.

At highway speeds of 55-60 mph, my rpms are ~3400 rpm, ~51.4 mpg.

I will tell you how these stats change with the new sprockets installed.

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Question rear sprocket change only, or both?

hi all,

my 2018 1000LT has about 1300 miles on it now. but i really dont care at all for the extremely low gearing of it and dont expect my opinion will change much.

i see that stock the front/rear tooth count is 15/43. in my searches here, havent found alot of feedback for which makes more sense to change. i'm leaning towards the rear sprocket only and reducing it to a 42 or 41 tooth (roughly 2.5 - 4.6% reduction). thats roughly the equivalent of 1.5 - 2.0 inches. (increasing the front by 1 tooth is about a 6.6% increase and more that i think i want for now...)
not sure much that would affect the chain adjustments. FYI: the speedo/mileage change doesnt bother me at all, with this small a change.

first hand experience with this change is what i'm hoping for. any out there?

thanks all....
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hi all,

my 2018 1000LT has about 1300 miles on it now. but i really dont care at all for the extremely low gearing of it and dont expect my opinion will change much.

i see that stock the front/rear tooth count is 15/43. in my searches here, havent found alot of feedback for which makes more sense to change. i'm leaning towards the rear sprocket only and reducing it to a 42 or 41 tooth (roughly 2.5 - 4.6% reduction). thats roughly the equivalent of 1.5 - 2.0 inches. (increasing the front by 1 tooth is about a 6.6% increase and more that i think i want for now...)
not sure much that would affect the chain adjustments. FYI: the speedo/mileage change doesnt bother me at all, with this small a change.

first hand experience with this change is what i'm hoping for. any out there?

thanks all....
I have a 2016 1000..I changed the rear from 43 to 41. Much happier at highway speeds, didnít notice a huge difference in acceleration.
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I have a 2016 1000..I changed the rear from 43 to 41. Much happier at highway speeds, didnít notice a huge difference in acceleration.
good to know.

did you notice any difference in when you changed gears after a stop?

did you have much change in adjusting your chain with the smaller sprocket?

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good to know.

did you notice any difference in when you changed gears after a stop?

did you have much change in adjusting your chain with the smaller sprocket?

.... jim
Virtually no change from a stop. I also have the G2 throttle tamer tube installed so it is very smooth.
You will notice some difference in chain adjustment, but itís not drastic. I have 12k miles now and only had to adjust once since the sprocket change.
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excellent. thanks ketch!

i see a 41 tooth sprocket coming soon!

did you go with aluminum or steel?
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Won't hijack this thread but...I don't care what anyone says, that front sprocket nut being on that tight is ridiculous. Kawasaki needs to rectify this immediately.
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i appreciate that feedback too, about the front sprocket. i read that on here, which is why i was aiming to do the rear instead. plus.... with 43 teeth on the rear, changing 1 tooth in either direction is a smaller (more controllable) change. on the front, 1 tooth is about a 6.6% change...

i must say though, that i expected a 2 tooth decrease on the rear to change the shift points some. but thats why i asked for someone who has tried and knows...

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excellent. thanks ketch!

i see a 41 tooth sprocket coming soon!

did you go with aluminum or steel?
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...did you go with aluminum or steel?
Aluminum sprockets WEAR-OUT very quickly.
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