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post #1 of 29 Old 04-11-2017, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Change front sprocket during trip?

For my trip up North this June, I would like to have the 17t front sprocket on the bike, it keeps the revs down on the highway and will provide better gas mileage. For the parts in the dirt though, the 16t would be better since the speed will be reduced and it offers more pull at lower revs.

I could bring my breaker bar and torque wrench on the trip and swap it out when needed. Does that sound like a waste of time? It only takes a few minutes to switch it.

Anyone do this?
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I really liked the stock gearing of the Vee2 over the Vee1, for me I wouldn't change a thing even for plenty of off pavement.
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But the 16t is kind of fun, feels a little more sporty.
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But the 16t is kind of fun, feels a little more sporty.
Oh for sure, but gas mileage will also suffer as well. Of course I own a 650 now after owning 2 previous 1000's, I find the 650 stock gearing to be ideal in most situations.

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Seems like a lot of work for what is at best a minor change.

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Have you tested the gas mileage ?

On my Wee my mileage improved when I dropped a tooth from the front.

Until I dropped to a 16 on my V2 I never used 6th gear I also so never tested my mileage because from my first test ride I knew the 17 would be replaced.

I would much rather run a few extra RPM's than have my motor lug in the tough stuff and if you are carrying a load the 16 can only be a good thing.

So for me it is fit the 16 at home, leave the tools behind and enjoy the ride.
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go for something in between, by going +1 or 2 on the rear. Not worth having to carry that extra stuff and do all that the extra work.

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While not a Vee2, I experimented with 16t front and then 43t rear on my Vee. I found the ONLY thing it done was turn too many rpms on the highway at speed. In first gear, on dry dirt or rough ground, you might like the 16t. But even then it makes the bike a little snatchy. There is simply too much torque in 1st and 2nd gear to need lower gears. Either gear will spin the rear tire in off road conditions. I don't see where the trouble to change sprockets would make it worthwhile on any trip.

These bikes are too heavy to be doing slow speed maneuvers off road. Need to keep some speed up, and that is why I don't see where the 16t has any real advantage.
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I would not do the change from a 15, 16 to 17 or vis versa for the pavement. However, going from a 15 to a 14 for more serious off road(steep roads and trails) has it's merit. Not having to slip the clutch not only saves the wear and tear, it's safer by making ascents and descents smoother & less work on the part of the rider.
I still get 50mpg(ish) on the highway with a 14T if the wind cooperates.

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Waste of time.
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