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Hello again everyone,

I'm considering going to the 44 or 43 tooth rear sprocket on my 2015 Versy 650... Not seeing any aftermarket companies selling them yet.... Recon this is dealer only at this point?

I've read for 43 tooth you physically can use the stock chain but it's best to have a few links removed?


My 1st gear is completely pointless on my 15' Versy..... IMHO.... Unless I'm pulling stumps out of the ground I hate having to shift through the first three gears as if they weren't there...

1st gear is a torquey jumpy mess right now IMO.... At least for my riding style,,,, not to mention engine braking wants to send you over the handlebars.


I'm 60-70% highway commuter....


Thoughts? Opinions? Criticism? All welcome! :eek:penarms:
 

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From previous posts, etc, etc - it's normally easier on the chain to use larger sprockets (less bending) so 16 front sprocket should be first choice. It is also less work to change. If determined to change the rear then the 43 is slightly higher gearing ratio (less rpm) than 16. Either one will change the bike's riding response.
I put the 16 on mine (2012) and when I switch to my friend's stock 2012 I can definitely tell the difference. I wish I could have a switch to be able to go back and forth between the two but overall with my needs I'll live with the 16.
Good luck with your choice!


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I also went the 16T front and it makes a big difference. (stock rear sprocket)

easier to swap out a 16T front sprocket and keep the 120 link chain length.

You will be able to ride around in 1st gear now instead of quick shifting out of it.
 

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+1 I've been using a 16T sprocket for 7 riding seasons. It works great, it makes the speedo read correctly (but the odo will under read by 6%), it reduces wear on the chain and on the swing arm chain guide. No need to make any changes to the chain length. And - I get to my destination quicker (for a given indicated speed on the speedometer).
 

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Hello again everyone,


My 1st gear is completely pointless on my 15' Versy..... IMHO.... Unless I'm pulling stumps out of the ground I hate having to shift through the first three gears as if they weren't there...

1st gear is a torquey jumpy mess right now IMO.... At least for my riding style,,,, not to mention engine braking wants to send you over the handlebars.
Control man !

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Does anyone know if the front sprocket is any different than say a 2012? I don't know why they would change its mounting or pitch or anything about it... SHOULD be the same, shouldn't it?

I am hoping to make the same change to the 16T front soon too.
 

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+1 I've been using a 16T sprocket for 7 riding seasons. It works great, it makes the speedo read correctly (but the odo will under read by 6%), it reduces wear on the chain and on the swing arm chain guide. No need to make any changes to the chain length. And - I get to my destination quicker (for a given indicated speed on the speedometer).

According to my Garmin I'm 2 mph off on my speedometer using a 16 tooth front sprocket.


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Just for another opinion: I've used both a 44 tooth and a 43 tooth on my 09 V. Did not have to change chain length - simply re-adjusted. 43 tooth worked best for me, so I later put it on my 10 V. The 09 V speedometer agrees with my Garmin nuvi GPS. My 10 V is 2mph slower than the GPS. Both bikes show same GPS speed with same RPM, so the 10 V speedometer is 2MPH slower than my 09 V speedometer.

I didn't find any problem in installing the rear sprockets. And, several people on this Forum have reported difficulty getting the front sprocket-nut loose. So, INMHO, I recommend changing the rear sprocket.
 

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Just for another opinion: I've used both a 44 tooth and a 43 tooth on my 09 V. Did not have to change chain length - simply re-adjusted. 43 tooth worked best for me, so I later put it on my 10 V. The 09 V speedometer agrees with my Garmin nuvi GPS. My 10 V is 2mph slower than the GPS. Both bikes show same GPS speed with same RPM, so the 10 V speedometer is 2MPH slower than my 09 V speedometer.

I didn't find any problem in installing the rear sprockets. And, several people on this Forum have reported difficulty getting the front sprocket-nut loose. So, INMHO, I recommend changing the rear sprocket.
When you went with the 43 T, about how many "hash marks" did you need to move the rear axel (from the stock rear sprocket) to get the proper chain tension? Thanks.
 

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...Thoughts? Opinions? Criticism? All welcome! :eek:penarms:
Just be aware that, by changing the gearing UP, there MAY come a time when you'll have a problem getting underway - hill, load. etc.
 

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Does anyone know if the front sprocket is any different than say a 2012? I don't know why they would change its mounting or pitch or anything about it... SHOULD be the same, shouldn't it?

I am hoping to make the same change to the 16T front soon too.
Yes to which question? Or, is that the point? It's different and the same! :dgi:
 
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