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I have a 2001 929RR (U.S. version) with full exhaust and stock gearing(16/43). I have an old school power commander that may go on the bike in the spring as well. It's time to do the chain and I'm contemplating a gearing change. The options that I'm looking at now are:

1. Leave stock
2. -1 front so 15/43
3. +2 rear so 16/45
4. -1 front, +1 rear so 15/44

I've had the bike power wheelie a little a couple of times in first gear in a full tuck. I'm trying to gauge how easily the bike is going to power wheelie for different gearing options. My big concern is that I want more fun factor out of the bike. If I have to modulate the throttle all the time to avoid having the bike come up on me then I think that may cut into the fun factor. Dunno.

From an experience perspective I've been riding 3 years, about 6k miles total. I put 2k miles on my 929 last year which is my first liter bike (had a Ninja 500R before that).

Thoughts/opinions?
 

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It really depends on how much more you want. Personally I went +2 on the rear, still stock chain and shortens your weelbase slightly. I often do highway runs so the revs are still reasonable. Good balance for me and made the bike very lively.
 

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doesnt matter what the gearing is, get some more miles under your belt!!:smilierr:


out of the listed options; -1/+1
 

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Either way, that 929 is gonna reach for the sky under hard accel. Im 131.5 kg and my 954 is always reachin for the sky.
 

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I have a 2001 929RR (U.S. version) with full exhaust and stock gearing(16/43). I have an old school power commander that may go on the bike in the spring as well. It's time to do the chain and I'm contemplating a gearing change. The options that I'm looking at now are:

1. Leave stock
2. -1 front so 15/43
3. +2 rear so 16/45
4. -1 front, +1 rear so 15/44

I've had the bike power wheelie a little a couple of times in first gear in a full tuck. I'm trying to gauge how easily the bike is going to power wheelie for different gearing options. My big concern is that I want more fun factor out of the bike. If I have to modulate the throttle all the time to avoid having the bike come up on me then I think that may cut into the fun factor. Dunno.

From an experience perspective I've been riding 3 years, about 6k miles total. I put 2k miles on my 929 last year which is my first liter bike (had a Ninja 500R before that).

Thoughts/opinions?
I suggest getting a 15T front first and try it. Then you'll know if it's too much or you want more, and then you can order the rear sprocket and chain to suit.
As for modulating the throttle, I would hope you're already doing that on the road so it isn't going to be a big deal with lower gearing.
 

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Going -1 on the front is roughly the same as going +3 on the rear.

If you're wanting to wheelie, go -1 on the front.
The 929 happily wheelies with stock gearing :)
I run 15/47 and I do wheelie a lot but I have no trouble at all keeping it down if I wish to.
 

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doesnt matter what the gearing is, get some more miles under your belt!!:smilierr:


out of the listed options; -1/+1
:plus1: that's a good stable combo - will give you better low range and you won't even notice a loss on the high end unless you are always running 150+ on the highway.
 

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I suggest getting a 15T front first and try it. Then you'll know if it's too much or you want more, and then you can order the rear sprocket and chain to suit.
As for modulating the throttle, I would hope you're already doing that on the road so it isn't going to be a big deal with lower gearing.
Yeah, I may try -1 and see how that goes. I'm okay with a power wheelie here and there, I just don't want to worry about the front end coming up every time I get on it. Eh, I guess I'll just play it by ear.
 

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Yeah, I may try -1 and see how that goes. I'm okay with a power wheelie here and there, I just don't want to worry about the front end coming up every time I get on it. Eh, I guess I'll just play it by ear.
The Bandit 1200 is probably the worst bike I've ever ridden for unwanted wheelies. I don't know how anybody can ride those without waving the front in the air all day long. Most normal bikes leave it up to the rider to decide when they want to wheelie rather than just leaping off the road at every opportunity :)
The '90 GSXR1100 was the first bike I rode that I had to actually be gentle with the throttle otherwise it was happy to stand up regularly.
 

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I could bounce up 2nd with a slipon and nothing else on mine, well nothing other than lack of bodywork...

I ran -1/+2 for a while, but decided that was a little short for the freeway commuting I often do. I could bounce up 3rd though... I'm running a stock size front sprocket for now, but will go back to 1 down for the track.
 

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Should I be able to use a stock chain if I just go +2 in the rear? Sounds like that would be a little less extreme than -1 in the front.
 

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Should I be able to use a stock chain if I just go +2 in the rear? Sounds like that would be a little less extreme than -1 in the front.
I had plenty of room on my 1000rr so I would think you should be fine. You didn't mention your sprocket. AFAM has very good alloy sprockets and I've been running mine for 3 seasons 21,000 km and no noticable wear. It is a 530 and I do take care of it.
 

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Right now I'm running the stock sprockets.

I'm trying to buy all my stuff from motosport.com. The only problem is that my sprocket options are limited to Renthal and Vortex. Renthal seems to have good reviews. That site offers the front sprocket in 15 or 16 teeth, steel (RENTHAL FRONT SPROCKET 530 | MotoSport) and a rear sprocket 42 or 44 teech, aluminum (RENTHAL REAR SPROCKET 530 | MotoSport)

If anyone knows other good sites to buy this stuff I'm all ears :)
 

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Should I be able to use a stock chain if I just go +2 in the rear? Sounds like that would be a little less extreme than -1 in the front.
Generally I'd be surprised if you can go +2 on the rear with a stock front but it may be possible.
 
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