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post #1 of 18 Old 06-20-2019, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Should be picking up my new bike this weekend. I have seen various combos for gearing but thought I would try to dial it in for my own situation. I live in a place surrounded by mountain passes and winding roads. Most of my touring is done in 3rd gear on a Mk1 1200 Bandit with -1 tooth on the front sprocket.

As it's a new bike, I don't want to buy a new chain. Tightening up the wheelbase sounds like a step in the right direction or at least not lengthening it. I am thinking -1+1 F/R. I see most are going -1+2, although I don't know if this required new links or a new chain.

Any advice appreciated!
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Hiya...



Should be picking up my new bike this weekend. I have seen various combos for gearing but thought I would try to dial it in for my own situation. I live in a place surrounded by mountain passes and winding roads. Most of my touring is done in 3rd gear on a Mk1 1200 Bandit with -1 tooth on the front sprocket.



As it's a new bike, I don't want to buy a new chain. Tightening up the wheelbase sounds like a step in the right direction or at least not lengthening it. I am thinking -1+1 F/R. I see most are going -1+2, although I don't know if this required new links or a new chain.



Any advice appreciated!


I ride mostly mountain carving roads, stock gearing is perfect, only if I want to do 200 mph in a contest I would ever change the gearing, The bike runs perfect in 5-8k RPM all day


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I ride mostly mountain carving roads, stock gearing is perfect, only if I want to do 200 mph in a contest I would ever change the gearing, The bike runs perfect in 5-8k RPM all day


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Are you running a 190/55 rear tire? That's what is going on mine straight out of the dealer.
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Are you running a 190/55 rear tire? That's what is going on mine straight out of the dealer.


Yup Iím running a 190/55

Stock gearing is still nothing but perfection, top end is great and the bottom end is perfect when the fuel cut is turned off


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Yup Iím running a 190/55

Stock gearing is still nothing but perfection, top end is great and the bottom end is perfect when the fuel cut is turned off


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Good to know, thanks!

I am installing Holeshot's fuel controller so hopefully Dale dealt with the fuel cut in his tune.
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Hiya...

Should be picking up my new bike this weekend. I have seen various combos for gearing but thought I would try to dial it in for my own situation. I live in a place surrounded by mountain passes and winding roads. Most of my touring is done in 3rd gear on a Mk1 1200 Bandit with -1 tooth on the front sprocket.

As it's a new bike, I don't want to buy a new chain. Tightening up the wheelbase sounds like a step in the right direction or at least not lengthening it. I am thinking -1+1 F/R. I see most are going -1+2, although I don't know if this required new links or a new chain.

Any advice appreciated!
New bike, my advice to ride it for a while get a feel for the machine before you go change the gearing. I never like to change the gearing on any of my bikes but hey that's me.
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I went +2 on the rear and wish I had gone +3 after I went to the 55 rear. It helped shorten the wheelbase which helps make it turn quicker. I ride very tight mountain roads so that was one of the benefits for me, along with riding in a lower gear.

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Makes sense to ride the bike for a while to get used to it as is. It's not like they would do a straight swap for different sprockets, even from new.

Does anyone know if the same chain will accommodate -1/+...?
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I bought my 2016 GSXS1000S new. Every thing is still stock, but changed sprockets to -1/+2 front and rear for shorter gearing and kept the same chain ( type 525, pitch 15.875mm, links 116... from memory?? ) I am currently riding with 200/60 profile rear tyre. All great
Note: should get a cushion front sprocket to prevent some whining>>
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I found it interesting my 2018 had an undampened front sprocket on it as stock, and I never noticed noise and vibration. I put an undampened 16T Vortex on it and still no issues.
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