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    Question Gearing question

    Hello all, been awhile since i've been on this forum and wanted to ask a question regarding gearing. I'm seriously looking at a used 2013 Speed Triple, the bike has just over 1500 miles on it, the bike does have a Leo Vince low mount slip-on and according to the dealer the previous owner has a Arrow re-map done on it and went +1 on the front sprocket. Is that gearing change something I should be concerned with? How will it affect performance i.e. throttle response? will it feel more sluggish? The bike does have a tail tidy, bar end mirrors and the pillion pegs have been removed. Just wondering if that reduction in weight will counteract the gearing? I don't know, any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again

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    It will feel slightly more sluggish in 1st gear during takeoff. But I don't think a +1 in gearing is a big deal considering the speed triple is geared for the street anyway. If you ride freeway at all I think you will appreciate the taller gearing
    A front sprocket is like $25 ($60 if you want a shop to do the work). So if it is a great deal and you like the bike, this should not be a limiting factor. Infact, the dealer can probably swap the sprocket for you as part of the deal

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    +1 front is pretty silly to do on this bike, unless you're planning on some LONG trips. Sprockets are a simple change though.

    Go -1 front (-2 for you) and +3 on the rear, you'll have a wheelie monster
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    Thanks for the response guys, if I decide to go back to stock gearing I would obviously have to change the chain but would I have to change the rear sprocket as well and/or get a whole new gear set
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    Why would you "obviously have to change the chain"? Shorten as necessary.

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    I had a +1 front sprocket on my '05 for a while (I've actually still got it. A 19 tooth.) To be honest I didn't hardly notice the difference. It was pretty minimal. However I never got the increase in milage I was looking for so I took it off.

    Changing the front sprocket does not require a different chain length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Gayner View Post
    Why would you "obviously have to change the chain"? Shorten as necessary.
    I just thought you have to replace the chain

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    It depends. How many miles are on the bike? If it's less than 12,000 then it's highly unlikely it needs a new chain. It almost certainly does not need a new rear sprocket, and I can't believe it needs a new front sprocket.

    The manual says to always replace a full kit, i.e. both sprockets and the chain. However this is pretty much horse shit. Generally steel sprockets last a lot longer than chains.

    A well maintained and lubed chain is usually good for 16,000+ miles. Steel sprockets are at least double that. Maybe triple. It depends on how hard you are on it.

    Remember this bike likes the chain on the loose side due to the single sided swing arm. The slack should be between 35-40mm (1⅜ to 1½ inches.) I know this seems really loose, but it is correct.
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