Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: North Central WV
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I just did a front sprocket conversion to 16T. Most of my TIME is twisties, most of my MILES are superslab, unfortunately. I tend to ride in a "spirited" fashion.
I believe the maths work out so that going from 15 to 16T up front is the same as going down a tooth in the back, which is probably what your guy did. On my bike, what I've gained is the ability to wait longer to shift in intersections (good), about 800-1500 fewer turns at speed (good), longer shift intervals (good) and completely new shift points (weird! Third gear at 65 feels weeeeeird!) It's way smoother now on take-off but noticeably slower. This is actually a GOOD thing for me because I have a bad habit of really wringing her out, so this is forcing me to be a calmer, more chill operator. For real, it's not uncommon for me to only average like 32mpg.
I'm still learning it, I have like maybe 500 miles since the swap. I think it's potentially worth it for you to feel what "stock" feels like but I'd suggest you keep those clutch fingers hovering for a while. Sprockets are incredibly inexpensive, so you can always revert.