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post #1 of 6 Old 05-15-2011, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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gearing changes

Need to order a new chain and sprockets for my new to me v. Is there a common gearing change, or is stock gearing better? Most riding will be commuting and weekend getaways.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-15-2011, 08:19 AM
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Sprockets - 17 tooth front 43 tooth rear DID Gold X-ring chain with 1 extra link.
This works great for my Vee; makes 6th gear useable.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-15-2011, 10:00 AM
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I wrote this program for Windows many many years ago. Before the interwebs were cool. Get it free at:
The Iron Jungle Software Page

Take a look at the available bike config files. The DL1000 is there. GearCalc draws a MPH vs RRM graph for each gear. This can let you play the 'what if' game before you buy the sprockets.

Also... I haven't run this on a Windows 7 machines and I would mind knowing if it will run on that OS.

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-15-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Is a rubber mounted stock replacement front sprocket worth the money? I'm worried about running a solid front sprocket.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-15-2011, 08:52 PM Sponsor
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Thumbs up SV Racing Parts, Chain and Sprockets Combinations,

Hi, There is no value or need whatsoever for the rubber backed front sprockets,

The High Quality Precision Machined Front Sprockets like the ones I provide with the Stromtrooper Chain and Sprocket Combinations are great and machined to fit right.

The gearing you need is a function of how and where you ride, When you go to the 17 - 43 or other gearing choices it can make your bike easier to ride and access the power band.

I stock all the gearing choices and if you would like me to give you a quick call to briefly discuss the gearing that is right for you just Email me directly at [email protected] and I will be happy to give you a quick call,

Let me know if I can ever help you out,

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-15-2011, 10:21 PM
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16/43 and alternatives

Search for 16/43 or 16f/43r on this and other Strom forums. This is an extremely popular change because it matches the engine better, gives you more grunt at lower RPMS, and makes 6th gear practical at higher (interstate highway) speeds. Another benefit is that this ratio lets you can keep the OEM chain if you're making the switch early in the life of the bike, but that may not be a consideration in your case. I have 16/43, love it since I go on fire roads and dirt roads a lot. Works perfectly with 5th and sixth in the 60 to 80 mph range, too.

When the current sprockets and chains are toast, I'm thinking of going to 17/46 with a 530 size chain vs. the OEM 525 if it can be done. This would almost perfectly match the gearing of 16/43 but avoids any possibility of wearing down the swingarm protector prematurely. Plus I like the theoretically slightly increased lifespan of larger-radius sprockets. My first move would be to call Blair at SV.

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