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Swapping out my chain and sprockets. The rear was factory 46 and I assumed the front would be the factory 15 but someone changed it to 16. I ordered 15/46 for replacement so If I stay with this I'll be staying with factory gearing. But before I install everything I wanted to get opinions on what I'm thinking.

A) keep it as is
B) send back the new 15t for a 16t so the bike will remain as it was when I got it
C) put the 15t on and send back the 46t for a 45t or 43t

I like the way the bike handles on long rides but I tend to avoid the interstate even when traveling cross country. My last trip in the mountains fully loaded with camping gear I did find myself wishing I had a little more low end get up and go. That's why I'm tempted to leave it as is or keep the 15t front and swap the rear for a 45 or 43.

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Think I'm gonna go 15/45 unless anyone has any other suggestions. I'd love to go 15/44 but I cant find a 44t rear.
 

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I run w/ the stock 15/46 sprockets, and have since '08, on THREE V650s for at least 155,000 MILES. Works for me in dirt (I do NOT 'do' serious dirt!), as well as on pavement, and I get around 50 to 55 MPG on both my '08 and '15.

Higher gearing can "bite" you if you are ever in a tough situation off-pavement!
 

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Staying with the 15/46. Don't have time to swap it.

If I run 3000 miles on it over a few weeks and don't like the gearing, can I swap one of the sprockets without changing the chain?
 

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yes, there is no issue with just replacing the sprocket. it is even a good idea to change the front sprocket in the middle of the chain life, because it wears off quicker. i personally think that the factory gearing is spot on. I would not change there anything.
 

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Think I'm gonna go 15/45 unless anyone has any other suggestions. I'd love to go 15/44 but I cant find a 44t rear.
I ride pavement and 15/44 is a real nice compromise for me. Ive got Steves 650 flash for the 2015 also which puts some more meat in the mid-range. Any taller and I would find it tricky with low speed maneuvering in first gear as you have to work the clutch more.
 

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It's down to your riding style. I find that 16/46 works fine for me- not too tall gearing, not too short on my 1st gen V with stock tire sizes.
Probably the least amount of change compared to other non-stock combos.
 

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Staying with the 15/46. Don't have time to swap it.

If I run 3000 miles on it over a few weeks and don't like the gearing, can I swap one of the sprockets without changing the chain?
Idk, it depends on how much of a change you make. The rear wheel chain adjusters can compensate somewhat. There are online chain length calculators that will tell you how many links for any specific sprocket combination. Changing out the front sprocket should be just fine. Adding to the rear sprocket may be a problem, which could be fixed by adding in an additional link.
 

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Idk, it depends on how much of a change you make. The rear wheel chain adjusters can compensate somewhat. There are online chain length calculators that will tell you how many links for any specific sprocket combination. Changing out the front sprocket should be just fine. Adding to the rear sprocket may be a problem, which could be fixed by adding in an additional link.
I fitted 3T larger rear sprockets without needing to change the chain. adding a link is tricky. you mean, like having 2 master links? does not seem like a good idea.
 

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yes, there is no issue with just replacing the sprocket. it is even a good idea to change the front sprocket in the middle of the chain life, because it wears off quicker. i personally think that the factory gearing is spot on. I would not change there anything.
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I reckon the stock gearing on my Gen II is perfect as well.
Power wheelies in first and second (hosed off a Harley V Rod and a CBR 1000 in fine style the other day lol)
and tops out at about 197kmh/122mph indicated.

Which imho is outstanding for a cheap and cheerful 650 twin.
 

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I had dropped down to a 44T in the rear. And while it did bring the RPMs down a couple hundred, I just didn't like the gearing, and went back to stock. The engine just seems really happy running 80mph at 6,000 rpms. Plus I ride some gravel and dirt roads and for slower speed stuff, the stock gearing is just better.
 

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Took a couple of short rides to get use to the new (now stock) gearing before my trip. I like it!

The bike seems to like it as well. I feel like I need 1 more gear on the interstate, but I think that's just because I've ridden it for 2 years with 16/46 so I gotta get use to the new rev ranges at cruising speed.
 

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Took a couple of short rides to get use to the new (now stock) gearing before my trip. I like it!

The bike seems to like it as well. I feel like I need 1 more gear on the interstate, but I think that's just because I've ridden it for 2 years with 16/46 so I gotta get use to the new rev ranges at cruising speed.
I came from a Yamaha FJR1300. So I was trying to shift to 7th gear on the Versys for a while. I got used to it and seldom do it anymore.
 
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