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How accurate is the speedo on the V?

This question may have been asked already, but I'll ask none the less... I apologize if redundant. Has anyone measured the accuracy of the speedo on our V's with the stock tires and sprockets? I have yet to attach my TomTom gps and see. Thanks!
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I can't remember what it was with stock front sprocket but with a 16T front sprocket the speedo is off by 1 mph. So if the speedo reads 55 the GPS reads 54.

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Speed is 7.5% LOWER than indicated.

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I can't remember what it was with stock front sprocket but with a 16T front sprocket the speedo is off by 1 mph. So if the speedo reads 55 the GPS reads 54.
How does changing to 16T front sprocket affect the torque and the shifting? Is 1st gear longer, less punchy?

I did a front sprocket swap from 15T to 16T on my previous bike, and after the swap, 1st was longer and it shifted smoother.
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First gear is longer. Running at 70mph the rpm's are down by 500. Not searching for a 7th gear. Bike is still quick but not as quick as stock.

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How does changing to 16T front sprocket affect the torque and the shifting? Is 1st gear longer, less punchy?

I did a front sprocket swap from 15T to 16T on my previous bike, and after the swap, 1st was longer and it shifted smoother.
I've made the switch to 16T and yes, 1st is longer and it shifts more smoothly, not looking for 7th. I think the bike is happier with these ratios. And the bike's speedo is just about spot-on with the GPS speedo now.


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Do you guys happen to remember the brand and or part number? I was searching in amazaon and found this:

JT Sprockets JTF434.16 16T Steel Front Sprocket
http://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-JTF434-16-Steel-Sprocket/dp/B001AVS6H2/ref=au_pf_pfg_s?ie=UTF8&Make=Kawasaki|729&Model=KLE650%20Versys|18318&Year=2012|2012&carId=001&n=15684181&newCar=1&s=automotive&vehicleType=motorcycle
Will this work?
Am I correct to assume that stock is 15T?

Thanks in advance.
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Stock is a 15T......I just ordered an OEM for a 2009 Ninja 650r. Its an Rubber Mounted 16T Sprocket

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With a 43 tooth rear sprocket the speedometer and Garmin GPS are identical.

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44 rear sprocket and zumo-speedo identical.
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Stock is a 15T......I just ordered an OEM for a 2009 Ninja 650r. Its an Rubber Mounted 16T Sprocket
Versys OEM 15T and Ninja 650R OEM 16T are actually rubber damped. The sprocket is still solid steel, but with a rubber damper bonded on both sides... There is however a rear hub shock damper, effectively making the rear sprocket "rubber mounted".
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Versys OEM 15T and Ninja 650R OEM 16T are actually rubber damped. The sprocket is still solid steel, but with a rubber damper bonded on both sides... There is however a rear hub shock damper, effectively making the rear sprocket "rubber mounted".


Thanks Invader...I meant rubber dampened.

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Thanks Invader...I meant rubber dampened.
You meant rubber damped.
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I run the stock gearing but installed one of these ,the speedo is dead on.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find my all stock 2012 reads 63 MPH at 60.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find my all stock 2012 reads 63 MPH at 60.
Stock rear tire? GPS actual speed verified?
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versys oem 15t and ninja 650r oem 16t are actually rubber damped. The sprocket is still solid steel, but with a rubber damper bonded on both sides... There is however a rear hub shock damper, effectively making the rear sprocket "rubber mounted".
thank you all... Next mod 16t front spocket! Will post after install and first ride.
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Stock rear tire? GPS actual speed verified?
Yes, stock tires, full tread depth (around 300 miles), Garmin 1390 verified.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find my all stock 2012 reads 63 MPH at 60.
I was getting approx. the same on the interstate this a.m. going to work... the speedo is faster by between 3-5 mph depending on the slope of the road. On a leveled straight away, speedo and tomtom gps are very close to each other, +/- 1mph.
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thank you all... Next mod 16t front spocket! Will post after install and first ride.

This might be helpful...http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=1784

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