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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2016, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, sorry if this is too dumb but I'm a newbie. Can anyone explain the benefit or why people change their sprockets? I'd like to have 1st gear more useable and I do mainly street / easy riding. Not worried about losing high end speed. Wondering if a sprocket change could make my V feel "less peppy" in low gears?
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Hello all, sorry if this is too dumb but I'm a newbie. Can anyone explain the benefit or why people change their sprockets? I'd like to have 1st gear more useable and I do mainly street / easy riding. Not worried about losing high end speed. Wondering if a sprocket change could make my V feel "less peppy" in low gears?
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Hello all, sorry if this is too dumb but I'm a newbie. Can anyone explain the benefit or why people change their sprockets? I'd like to have 1st gear more useable and I do mainly street / easy riding. Not worried about losing high end speed. Wondering if a sprocket change could make my V feel "less peppy" in low gears?
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Well, a smaller rear sprocket(44 tooth) will make first gear more "useable". Mine came to me that way and it lets you go around a 90 degree corner (say at an intersection from a stop) staying in first. AND you get more speed at a lower rpm, so theoretically, but not practically, you would get a little more top speed for top rpm. AND, it also makes your speedometer spot on with your actual speed instead of the speedo reading like 3-5 mph high.
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16 tooth front sprocket is the easiest way to go and the quickest. Costs less than $15 so it's an easy and cheap way to find out whether you like the difference in the gearing.


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16 tooth front sprocket is the easiest way to go and the quickest. Costs less than $15 so it's an easy and cheap way to find out whether you like the difference in the gearing.


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I did the 16 tooth counter-sprocket gear change. It is easier and cheaper than removing the rear wheel and as effective.

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I'd been toying with going to a 44T sprocket to get the lower revs at highway speed and an accurate speedometer, but decided not to (so far) to keep the low speed advantage. In parking lots I still have to clutch quite a bit. I would actually prefer a lower 1st gear! I plan on doing some off road this summer. But I'd also like a higher 5th and 6th gear. A larger spread rather than the close spread is really what would improve the gearing.

Jeff, to answer your question, yes I think going to a smaller rear sprocket would accomplish what you're looking for. You would upshift at slightly higher speeds. You won't find yourself shifting from 1st to 2nd in the middle of an intersection. Just be aware you will lose a little bit of utility at really low speeds, requiring a little bit more clutching in situations such as slow maneuvering in parking lots.
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