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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Gearing up

G'day folks,
just fitted a 16 tooth front sprocket on Saturday. Must say it has transformed the bike . Not to the point of Halleluja Amen transformation but quite different in smoothness , quietness and ..well just nicer i guess. I was curious to try it. Took 10 minutes , easy job. I have done it to my previous bikes as well but really nice on this machine.
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I did it the other way by fitting a smaller rear. I agree, it’s made a significant improvement.

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What size sprocket did you mount on the rear? A 39?

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What size sprocket did you mount on the rear? A 39?
Yes. Two teeth smaller. It’s a standard sprocket for an NC 700 if I remember correctly. I’ll dig out the part number if you like.

My original sprocket had less than 2000 miles on it and is unmarked, so my plan is, when the current chain and sprockets are worn to the point of needing replacement, to use a bigger front one, new chain and the original rear. Whichever way works best will then be the way I go from there.
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Try going up to a 17T. Drops revs at 60 mph by 600 rpm. Makes 1st gear more useful, cruising less "frantic" re engine sound..

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Try going up to a 17T. Drops revs at 60 mph by 600 rpm. Makes 1st gear more useful, cruising less "frantic" re engine sound..



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I've considered going up to 17. How do you feel about your acceleration with it?

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You don't have to put a new chain on for a 16T ?
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You don't have to put a new chain on for a 16T ?
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So does it accelerate slower now? What about acceleration from 65 or 70? What about top speed now?

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On the subject of performance and sound, does anybody with this sprocket mod have a GoPro or something so we could see/hear the difference while you ride? I'd love to see videos with this. Now that I have a garage (my wife and I just bought a house with a 24x24 garage, albeit, it's not heated) I might actually be able to mess with my bike this fall/winter/spring. I probably won't. I'm not that handy, but you never know now that I probably can't afford alcohol...

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