Re: Not your usual sprocket question, I need your input
Going down one tooth in the front is akin to adding three teeth out back, or a 9.3% increase in gearing across the board in your case. That's a much more steeply geared motorcycle you're riding now.
After owning a 954 myself, I'm a little surprised that anyone would want to go to a 15T front to begin with. The bike's got good torque in its stock configuration.
If you don't want to do the cheap thing and simply reinstall the stock countershaft sprocket, I'd suggest dropping two teeth on the rear chainring. Dropping only one might not get you back close enough to the factory gearing you're accustomed to.
I recently went from a 15 to a 14T front on my Monster. It was already plenty punchy on the low end and I likely reduced my top end capability by around 12-15 mph, but I don't need to be going more than 130 anyway (in fact, I don't need to be going more than about 80 at this point in my life).
I'm more interested in around town/nearby country sport riding/cruising, so the more aggressively geared personality suits me well.
Last edited by Chain; 06-20-2004 at 1:24 PM.