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post #1 of 318 Old 02-27-2016, 04:30 AM Thread Starter
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V2 + 16t = true love

I dropped down to a 16t front sprocket.

From the first time I eased out the clutch it was true love.

I then put my bride and a some gear on the back and set off on a 450km ride, it included 60ks of dirt.

On the highway at cruising speeds my seat of the pants dyno could detect no extra vibrations or even any extra RPMs.

When things slowed down the sprocket became a stand-out, the bike is so much more enjoyable to ride, stop start city traffic was almost pleasant.

On the dirt there was a lot of washed out rutted corners covered in loose gravel, you know the ones where every muscle in your body tenses up and you don't want to change a thing, you don't want to turn, you don't want to brake, you don't want to accelerate and you don't want to change gears, keeping the bike in second or third gear I was able to let the RPMs drop right off, well below 2000 and the bike was happy to pull me through the corner and back up to speed without complaint, there is know way I could have done that with the taller OME gearing, it would of meant a grab of the clutch, a gear change and loss of momentum.

I have found only positives from the change and the 16t is staying put.

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post #2 of 318 Old 02-27-2016, 06:07 AM
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I've ordered 16t front sprocket at my dealer. He's even offered to install it himself with no extra charge. He always installs things free of charge (for labor) on my bike as I'm always first of all of his Vee2 clients to make some changes. Then he test-rides my bike and use the experience to convince other owners to do the same, and there he makes some money. The same was with Arrow can, X-TRE (before new ECU existed), Givi Airflow...
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Sprocket changes are noticed more in the lowest gears - 1 front tooth (16) give you between 42/43 rear teeth which seems to give the v twin suzukis a better ratio. + 2 rear teeth is a popular mod on SV650/1000.
I.ll look at doing the 16T front myself

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I've ordered 16t front sprocket at my dealer. He's even offered to install it himself with no extra charge. He always installs things free of charge (for labor) on my bike as I'm always first of all of his Vee2 clients to make some changes. Then he test-rides my bike and use the experience to convince other owners to do the same, and there he makes some money. The same was with Arrow can, X-TRE (before new ECU existed), Givi Airflow...
Wow, now that's service.

I wonder how long a boat ride it would be from western Canada to Portugal for service at your dealer it would be worth it for me!
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I've ordered 16t front sprocket at my dealer. He's even offered to install it himself with no extra charge. He always installs things free of charge (for labor) on my bike as I'm always first of all of his Vee2 clients to make some changes. Then he test-rides my bike and use the experience to convince other owners to do the same, and there he makes some money. The same was with Arrow can, X-TRE (before new ECU existed), Givi Airflow...
That is good business.

Many years ago I purchased a new KTM 60 for my young fella and at the first service I asked them to go up one tooth on the front sprocket, They basically told me I was a wanker and did not know what I was talking about, I insisted they make the change, when I picked the bike up they told me they were going to go up one tooth on every bike they sell.

Dealers should learn from their customers if they want a thriving business.
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Yamaha MT09 (FZ09), The Scud missile.
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Good to hear this feedback. I have a 16t sitting in the garage waiting to be installed. Don't do dirt, but hoping for a little more zip and a little less downshifting.
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I dropped down to a 16t front sprocket.

From the first time I eased out the clutch it was true love.

I then put my bride and a some gear on the back and set off on a 450km ride, it included 60ks of dirt.

On the highway at cruising speeds my seat of the pants dyno could detect no extra vibrations or even any extra RPMs.

When things slowed down the sprocket became a stand-out, the bike is so much more enjoyable to ride, stop start city traffic was almost pleasant.

On the dirt there was a lot of washed out rutted corners covered in loose gravel, you know the ones where every muscle in your body tenses up and you don't want to change a thing, you don't want to turn, you don't want to brake, you don't want to accelerate and you don't want to change gears, keeping the bike in second or third gear I was able to let the RPMs drop right off, well below 2000 and the bike was happy to pull me through the corner and back up to speed without complaint, there is know way I could have done that with the taller OME gearing, it would of meant a grab of the clutch, a gear change and loss of momentum.

I have found only positives from the change and the 16t is staying put.
Good info Rolex, can you do a little fuel economy comparison please? The Vee2 gets thirsty above 4000rpm, so it reasons that the smaller front sprocket would put you in that range more often. Cheers
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Good info Rolex, can you do a little fuel economy comparison please? The Vee2 gets thirsty above 4000rpm, so it reasons that the smaller front sprocket would put you in that range more often. Cheers
On the trip with my bride I got 5lt per 100ks so about 400ks to the tank.

I never ever ride for economy so going off my results would be foolish, on my Wee I dropped to a 14t and my fuel usage dropped from 5.2 to 4.7.

I have no plans to ever go back to a 17t on the V2 so economy is ??????????

According to Gear Commander I gained 300rpms at 120kph but to be honest I never really used sixth gear with the 17t anyway, I was happiest in 4 or 5.

Some of the 19 rides in my shed
2014 V2, Snoopy
2009 Wee, Pumbaa the pig
WR450F, The Blue Postie Bike
YZ250N smoker with rego, Stinky.
Yamaha MT09 (FZ09), The Scud missile.
Club Lead not Club Med.
He with the most toys wins.
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Ihave 22k km on my current chain so when it's time for replacement I may have to give this a shot. Does it effect the spedo?

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Ihave 22k km on my current chain so when it's time for replacement I may have to give this a shot. Does it effect the spedo?
It shouldn't as the speedo drives from a wheel sensor
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