The obsession with low revs on the highway

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by iamcanjim, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Albie

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    It's counter balanced by the emptiness in his head.
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    I went from 15t to 16t on my SV650, less shifting, longer pull, and quicker acceleration for my average riding speed. cause I was more often still in 3rd gear instead of 4th, It also eliminated searching for that illusive 7th gear on the highway

    no different than gearing a racebike for a specific track, a rider should gear his streetbike for his specific riding style if stock doesn't suit your needs
  5. JohnCW

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    Likewise, and for exactly the same reasons. Both my 250 and 750 run 1 tooth larger front sprockets. This is not really a change from any 'standard' as both manufacturers (Yamaha and Kawasaki) have used exactly this same gearing in other models using the same engine.

    The Kawasaki Z650 engine made it's debut in 1975 and was used for over 30 years in a stack of different models all with different final gearing. Manufactures have always swapped around final gearing, both across different models using the same engine, and over time in the same model.
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    +1

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    And it should be pointed out that at least 1 manufacturer (orange bikes) tells you that they have optional gearing available for their bikes and approves their use. They do understand that not everyone wants to ride at a certain cruising speed and rev range. It is a very personal choice for each rider. Factories do not always get it right. You are NOT STUPID for changing gearing to suit yourself. In some cases the mfgr KNOWS you are lugging the bike as it comes from the factory! They did this to pass some Euro, driveby sound test at a certain speed and expect you to change it....even give you written permission to do so.
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    C/1/509 Why?

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    And remember, it can be about marketing, pure and simple. Brand A needs to be a but faster in the Quarter than Brand B, so Marketing puts a tooth or two less on the front sprocket than what Engineering suggested. More oompf for those who juggle specs when buying.

    --Bill
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    Mostly old or morbidly obese people sweat over the low revs on the highway thing. They like to put put around 10mph below the speed limit everywhere on their 6500rpm rev limit grandpa bikes. Sounds boring as hell doesn't it. :lol3

    I suppose it is one of those things to brag about like "i mow my lawn twice a week how many times a week do you mow yours" or "i remember back in 1947 we would walk 10 miles to school in the snow 14 feet deep and we liked it" or "Honey, we need to go on a diet, lets get a diet coke with our triple cheeseburgers with bacon and super size fries".
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    MOSTLY, THOSE PEOPLE don't ride at all and tell you stories about owning HDs in the old days AND how they quit because their best friends LAYED HER DOWN:evil. But that is another thread, along with "I need a big bore kit for my ______ ." That is usually because they have become such a fat American that their bike has power/weight ratio problems.... that they caused:evil. AND, they need that LIGHT MUFFLER:D
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    The same ones that order a banana split with all the toppings at a frozen yogurt store because they are trying to eat healthy lol. Well this here yogurt banana split only has 600 calories of fat and 1600 calories total an a regular one has 900 calories of fat and 2100 calories. Between that and my cutting down to 6 strips of bacon with my biscuits and gravy breakfast and deep fried fish sticks for a snack and triple bacon cheeseburger and diet coke I can feel the pounds melting away. I will be back to my slim fighting weight of 425lbs before you know it! My 35hp 2100cc harley feels faster than ever now between the weight loss and the screaming fire eagle american flame thrower supercharged air filter that I got on sale for $450. It says here made in china but it has that harley logo on it so it must really be american made, yeee haw! Whew, I need to sit down, that walk from the couch to the kitchen to grab a fried bologna sandwich broke me out in a sweat and has me breathing hard. :lol3
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    Gee. Guess I'm doing it wrong. I'm 71, and only weigh 190.

    And I don't ride a cruiser.

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    'Cut and paste' from a forum discussion fitting a 15T front sprocket to an FZ6

    Technical word of advice.....dont drop your front sprocket.

    Raise your back. By putting a smaller front sprocket on there, you're forceing the chain into a tighter turn on the front end, which ultimately wears out your chain faster. It's worth more to invest in a lighter rear sprocket with an *extra* tooth. You're after the loss of unsprung weight and a greater difference between front and rear teeth. Get a lighter back one (you'll lose more weight, I promise) and get that same power turn. Still not enough?....THEN drop the front as well, but be prepared for a 25% speedo error....you'll need a yellowbox or a speedohealer.

    But yeah...dont buy into the "drop the front" hype until you understand why, and what the advantages/reprecussions are.
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    I put a 16 tooth sprocket on the front of my klr and love it. Fuel mileage went from 42 miles per gallon to 50 plus. I also picked up a higher cruising speed at 5,000 rpm. My klr is the only bike I own right now, so it is mainly a road bike.
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    My Speed Triple has been -1/+3 for years. The chains still usually last over 25,000 miles. Of course this is also a SSSA and you run the chains pretty lose anyway.