The engineered gearing is optimized to provide the maximum performance between and within gears. If you want something else, you are not going to be as safe. People who change them from forum surveys are never satisfied as to their original reason, AND are only satisfied when they switch back. But until they switch back, they will try to convince people to get them JUST to justify their (bad) purchase decision.
For example, the OP's voltage light started freaking out after he got his, and then he gets a quick throttle which is mutually exclusive function of gearing, and on and on it goes. You better do your homework before changing drive gearing, because safer is better than any 'wish of the moment.' Speaking as an engineer, when you ACTUALLY do your homework, it's hard to beat oem engineered parts (DRIVE parts especially!): although some are too economical to be sufficient. But on the whole, there are many systems involved in a holistic man/machine vehicle that MUST be considered for safety.
The OP has maybe the best motorcycle ever made. And if he doesn't get it back to square one in gearing, he is going to keep adding dysfunctional layers that will make the bike worse and worse. I know the main 2 protesters here and now don't have an engineering or any degree. As well, neither even appear to own a Vs. 650. Everybody's got a choice, but do your homework. With search engines, it takes a lot of time to figure it out AND get historical and current survey evidence: but it's there if your life is worth it. Don't make decisions based on one forum alone. You are likely going to listen to uneducated people (fry cooks, ?) who don't even have a bike that just thumb though ADVrider all day long. ymmv.
O.k, but You keep confusing facts with preference.. Saying that the bike will be less safe ( I assume in traffic conditions that require the need to immediately accelerate) is the same as someone with a 130 hp bike saying that the Versys itself wouldnt be safe because of the lackadaisical power output.Sorry but the midrange of this bike is not awe inspiring. Maybe it Would be less Safe with YOU riding it, but with someone else,maybe more safe? I mean it comes down to preference, and maybe a different person can ride the bike with manipulated gearing better than you can with stock gearing.
Part of a versatile bike is being able to load it up and travel. Adding 30-50 pounds of weight, or even another person drastically slows maneuvering and acceleration, so is that off limits on this bike as well?
That's all I'm saying. It works for him, that's all that's important.
If the bike cannot handle a small drop in RPMS and still generate enough power to run his accessories, then thats a different issue. I mean I ride backroads to work, and rarely see over 3.5/4 grande to work and back because of my route, should my bike not charge at that low rpm? Do you seriously believe that?
It's all preference, OEM gearing works well for some (i'm one of them) but if I spent any more time on 70 MPH roads, I would most definitely go up a tooth on front, or down a couple on back, just to drop the rpms a bit and alleviate some of the buzzing. I wouldn't be any less safe for doing it either. If i'm ever in a pickle, and 400 rpms makes the difference between life or death, then I really must not know how to effectively use the transmission to my benefit.
I mean isn't the whole premise of the bike to be Versatile?
Man just let people do with their bike what they want as long as it makes them happy!