Right my bike has 16/45 gearing that the previous owner put on. Thinking about switching the gearing to 15/42. Would it be much of a difference? Or would it be pretty similar to what's on the bike now?
Only variable IS torque.You'd achieve a tad more power at the rear wheel, since a 15T sprocket is easier for your motor to turn than a 16T, but I'm not sure you'd notice it. I'm not smart enough to convert it to torque figures.
Right. I should've said 'torque' ... and as the old saying goes, "Horsepower sells cars; torque wins races."Only variable IS torque.
Power will stay the same.
Can't work out power without a torque figure to start with.
Power = torque X rpm
Smaller drive sprocket = more torque + less rpm = same power
i generally keep the counter sprocket stock as well and just add teeth to the back. now it might not make much difference on a 15t, but as far as i know going lower teeth on the CS makes the chains turning radius tighter which can wear the chain faster.You'll get 0.446429% difference in torque at the back wheel.
So the same difference in acceleration.
Is it worth it?
Try it & let me know.
I do know that bigger sprockets won't wear as quickly. A 16T front should last 6.6% longer than a 15T.
The steel guide in the sprocket cover is also designed to help stop the chain flying off a 16T sprocket not a 15T.
Ever seen the damage a broken chain can do to engine casings?
Exactly why I changed back to a 16T drive sprocket & my bikes better for it.
Piss about with the gearing at your peril.
No voice recognition on this end of the line.Makis, do you use voice recognition software ?
Man I wish I could type as well as you do,so often I want to chime-in and just do-not have the speed at the keyboard to do so.
That said very well written post sir.
And remember for those of you running the stock set-up if your willing to spend $25 bucks get a 15T 530 afam front it's close to adding 3 teeth in the rear.
Makis, I can tell only every so often that English isn't your first language ... which is impressive.No voice recognition on this end of the line.
Have been doing a lot of typing, since I'm a forum moderator, so I have the speed but lack the vocabulary since English is not my native tongue.
I guess we all need each other to make this place work after all
Thank you for your kind words.....took me while to come up with the right words actually so that my exact thoughts could be typed on the screen