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Talking Stock gearing

Well I put the stock gearing back on the bike when I first bought it . Stock gearing sucks ! I'm really missing my Cbr lol . This bike looks great sounds great. Geting used to riding it is a different story . Should. I change it to 15 41 ?
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Yes change it...if you want, I didn't mind the stock gearing but I will be changing this season to those ratios.



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If you're doing any city riding, at least go with a 15 up front. even with the stock 40 rear, if you change the front to 15, according to LDH, it's the equivalent of going up 3 on the rear.
I run a 15/42 and really like the gearing factor for 50/50 riding of city and mountain hwy's. I tried 15/41, but I like the shift points better with the 42.

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Hey jondog & nobody. Yea I have the 15 front sproket I'll try that out I have a 44 rear too but it's vortex I don't like their stuff so I'll just stick to the 40 rear . Seting up for turns is weird on the 51. Honestly I don't know how to ride this bike that good
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You'll find the bike treats you much better if you get your sag set properly, and your compression/rebound.
Are you running stock shock and forks?

Maybe you already saw this? Good info!
http://www.rc51.org/susp.htm

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Yeah it's. Not so much suspension. It's what gear I should be in turning . This bike has no low end power like my Cbr did . And or it will pull too hard in the turn .
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This bike has no low end power like my Cbr did . And or it will pull too hard in the turn .
This statement seems very contradictory. When I'm riding semi-aggressive I try to keep the engine somewhere around the 5k range in the corners. If it pulls too hard when on the throttle either reduce open throttle amount or drop to a lower rpm when approaching the turn. If the bike seems jerky when you introduce throttle into a corner you may be applying too much too soon. The CBR's or any inline 4 will be more forgiving with poor throttle control.

If you don't have one, a power commander helps tremendously. Of all the bikes I have owned and installed a power commander the RC51 benefits the most from having one.

Comparing the CBR to the RC51 is like comparing apples to oranges. Being made by the same company are where the similarities end.

I too came from a 1krr to the RC51. It did take me some time to get use to the RC51. It isn't as forgiving as the CBR and one must have excellent throttle control to ride the RC confidently. Just give yourself some time to get use to the RC and I promise you will enjoy it. The stock suspension is fine. I'm on stock suspension and don't have complaints. It certainly would make it better to have a 3000 dollar suspension setup but that is not realistic for me to invest that type of money in a bike that is worth 5k to start, especially for what you get. All this technology just makes it easier to ride. Hence why manufactures developed slipper clutches, steering dampers, tcs, abs, etc. All good riding can be done without them and I consider most to be a crutch with the exception of the steering damper; I wouldn't give that shit up

Oh and I am 15/40 gearing. I personally would not go any further as cruising at high speeds brings your rpms beyond what I feel is comfortable.

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i take it the lower the number of teeth at the rear, the closer together the ratios are, or is it the other way around?

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i have stock gearing also. am thinking about the change. what rpm's are you turning at 70mph with the 15 up front? cruising down the highway at 70 i have to ride in 5th gear.

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i take it the lower the number of teeth at the rear, the closer together the ratios are, or is it the other way around?
Try this http://woodsware.aciwebs.com/gears/

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