Got my new tires and sprockets installed
Last week, I dropped off the V at the mechanic to install new sprockets, chain and new tires. I would have done the chain and sprockets myself, but I am running out of time before I deploy to Korea for my one year assignment. I leave in 10 days.
I was able to get a 44T rear sprocket, stock 15T front sprocket and a gold plated chain. I got everything from Sprocket Center for around $150 shipped to my door.
I was able to get a set of Michelin PR4's, shipped to my door for $278.
And finally, my mechanic installed everything for $300. The Stealership wanted $250 just for the chain and sprockets and about $150 to install the tires. My mechanic also said that if I want, I can bring the bike back before I ship it to Germany and he will do a valve adjustment for around $150. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
Overall, I am pleased with the chain and sprockets. At 70 MPH, I am turning right at 5K RPM's, which is about the same as when I had the stock 46T installed. I thought I would see a larger drop in the RPM's.
I love the tires. The turn in is so much quicker and the bike feels so planted through the corners. It's amazing how new tires can basically transform your bike. I can now see how crappy the stock tires really are.
Just thought I would share my recent experience.