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Gearing and Slipper

Gday all 🙂 I'm getting my 2000 RC in two weeks which is ok as Wisconsin has a snow pack from here to Alaska. I rode a RC once in 2002 so my memories of riding it are of squeezing fear.
The riding I mostly do now is canyon twistys at 80 with the odd straight squirts to mabie a ton.
I'm planning on getting a Slipper Clutch for it.
What's a good one guys?
I really want to reduce the gearing though as doing warp speed dosen't grab me anymore.
But leaving a tight corner at 60 with a good kick in the pants does. Will the gearing 15/43 make for too high a rev zone (vibrations, gas milage)
The engine braking is also massively higher with a ham fisted clutch release I've read.
Will this gear combination really break the rear end very loose with unclean down shifts?

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I don't find it necessary on the street , it did take a short time to get used to it after the slipper clutch in my TL1000R. That gearing may be a little short , I'd hate to make first gear almost useless. Have you seen ''Gearing Commander'' ?
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15/43 isn't too short. i currently run 14/43. shorter gearing means more shifting and more fun, why the hell not.


the yoyodyne slipper is the one to get. it doesn't use spider springs like the JTR (which is probably the worst option, don't consider it)
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14/43 , that's just silly.
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not at all. it's actually super fun. combine it with a slipper and a quickshifter, then put it on a race track and it's a blast. i run a 180/60 rear tire so the tire buys back a bit of that ratio.


going 150mph is lame, especially on a slow bike, there's no need for it. and even with that said, 180/60 with 14/43 is still good for 154mph in sixth

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I like a usable first gear , if I wanted to shift for the hell of it , I'd buy a 600.
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my setup does 60mph in first


you are overestimating the differences.
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I weigh 185lbs , you must be heavier.
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have you ridden an RC with a 180/60, 14/43, and a 1/8th turn throttle? because it sounds bad but it's amazing.


personal preference of course, but the OP is looking for shorter gearing for ripping in the twisties. nothing wrong with that even if you don't like it personally.
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Twisties is all I ride and I don't need ridiculous gearing to be able to make a show of it if I want to.
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