Wow... What a difference
How do you turn a mild mannered Vee into a rocketship? Just gear it down enough to make 6th gear usable. This morning I changed the standard gearing from 17/41 to 16/43 and added a speedo healer. What a difference. The whole package is just so different its like a whole new bike.
In 1st gear I can now ride safely at just a little faster than walking speed, and around town I can now turn at intersections in 2nd gear with that big jump down to 1st. But the really big difference is that 6th gear is now usable at 100 kmh (60 mph). I can now cruise at the legal speed limit in 6th, and when I want to pull away its just a matter of opening the throttle and go.
On the 10 km ride from town to home, there is a twisty uphill stretch about 4 km long. On my previous bike (GS1200SS) I could cruise up that piece of road at 115 kmh in top gear and have plenty of power to wind it on through the bends. On the Vee I previously had to stay in 5th gear or the engine would labour, today I could once again cruise up there in top and power through the bends whenever I wanted.
Just a note on obtaining the sprockets and speedo healer:
I first ordered all three items through my local bike shop. But they had never heard of a speedo healer and didn't know where to source one from. That was OK, I simply found a bike shop in New Zealand that had one in stock. The speedo healer, harness and frieght cost me NZ$179 (US$120) from a shop at the other end of the country. Next my local bike shop told me they couldn't obtain a 43T rear sprocket. As the standard size was a 42T the importers didn't bring in any 43T ones, being too close to standard. I tried a few other bike shops in NZ and received the same advice. No-one seems to have told the importers that the standard rear sprocket is 41T. However I sourced a 43T from Adventure MotStuff in Carson City USA and it was delivered here in 5 days. The local shop did manage to get a 16T front sprocket though.
I can highly recommend Adventure Motostuff for their fast and efficient service. Also their price (including freight) was competitive with local NZ prices. I'll certainly order more parts through them.
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