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post #41 of 45 Old 01-13-2017, 08:13 PM
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At places like Road Atlanta, Road America, VIR, NJMP? Yeah, not too far off from stock. Nothing night and day like -1/+3 stuff.
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post #42 of 45 Old 01-14-2017, 03:18 AM
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Our tracks require it, not because I'm slow and can't carry corner speed but because the track is slow and if you run stock gearing you'll be using 1st-3rd gear and maybe touching 4th. You'll get left behind out of corners because you'll be at 4,000rpm in 2nd. Same as I can't run the same shock/fork springs at every track. If you want to be competitive with the top guys you need to change things and make the bike work. We had a guy run +1f (18) and not sure the rear, at Mosport last year. He lost to Corti by milliseconds.

I'll say it again, every track is different and why I carry 3 fronts, 5 rears, and two chains.

On the street who's carrying huge corner speed anyway?

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post #43 of 45 Old 02-21-2017, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by SkyDork View Post
Then there are guys like me who prefer +2 rear only so the change is not too aggressive and it shortens the wheelbase to help with turn-in slightly. Plus the rear sprocket is much easier to change. This is essentially the same as going -1F, but with the advantages I just mention.
Just so Im clear, you can go +2 and keep the stock chain, or would you need to get an aftermarket 525 or go down to 520 chain?
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Just so Im clear, you can go +2 and keep the stock chain, or would you need to get an aftermarket 525 or go down to 520 chain?
Usually you can go +2 and keep the stock 525 chain, as long as you have enough room to move the axle forward. Safer to go -1 Front for about the same effect as +2R...and IDK why people think it's so hard to change? A heavy duty impact wrench is all you need.

If you switch to a 520 chain, then you'll need both F and R sprockets.

To be honest, -1F and Rifleman was plenty to really wake my bike up and effectively use 3rd gear on back roads for a street bike. I'm pretty skeptical of racers who feel they need all those gearing options on 1000.
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Glad I'm not the only one who thought the Gen 5 gearing is way too long, I went with a -1/+1 Renthal Sprockets, they should be here any day now, will install them and report back. Keeping the OEM chain for now as it barely has 600 km's on it.
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