Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I know it has been talked about a lot but not really exactly about what i have a question for. What im planning on doing is just putting the front sprocket 1 tooth smaller. I need to hear from people that only have 1 tooth smaller in the front. my question is how much do you really loose in each gear...(speed, how much faster do you have to shift, is it noticeable?). I really appreciate the help in advance.

thanks a lot!!!!

ws
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,471 Posts
If you have a pre-1998 bike, the speedo will read no different. If your bike is newer, the speedo will read 7% higher than stock, which is also inaccurate.

The bike will also redline that much quicker and may rev out in top gear, which will lower your top speed.

You will surely notice the quicker acceleration and revs. If the revs come quicker than you like, you can add two in back instead, which is a good compromise.

We can better help you if you add your model year to your profile.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
67 Posts
I've just fitted a 14 tooth to the front, stock rear.

Acceleration in 1st gear is over very quickly, and I was forever bouncing off the rev limiter until I got used to it. Acceleration in 2nd gear is 'kin phenonmenal! I've also found that top gear roll-on is much, much better, lessening the need to change down for leisurely overtaking.

I've probably lost 5-10mph from top speed, but the acceleration and drivability is well worth it. If you're into it, wheelies are easier (even accidental ones!) just with the 14 tooth!:D

If you do get one fitted, careful of the loud handle til you get used to it! I had a slight 2nd gear tank slapper first time out - the front went waaaay light![8D]

Safe riding

jb


Bringer of all things Joyful
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
67 Posts
BTW the front sprocket nut is 'kin TIGHT!

Get someone with an air wrench to loosen it. Or use a scaffold pole ;) as a lever!!

It's a 27mm nut.

Bringer of all things Joyful
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top