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    Pondering Gearing

    Hey Team,

    I had a new chain+sprockets put on my Hawk when I got it a few months back. Mechanic recommended going with a -1 tooth cog on the front to make it peppier around town. It's definitely zippy, but spins at like 5000 on the freeway at an indicated 70. It's not bad, but I've been pondering stepping back up to the stock front tooth. Didn't really have much time on the bike with the stock sprocket, so I don't really remember what it was like on the freeway. What's the general consensus on -1 front sprockets and Hawk gearing? Keep it stock? Keep it -1? BTW I'm running stock-sized tires and wheels.

    Thanks for your patience!

    -Dustin
    portland-dustin
    Last edited by portland-dustin; 07-27-2021, 02:01 PM.

    #2
    Oh! I found https://www.gearingcommander.com/

    Looks like I'll get about 4-5mph at 5000 rpm in 5th if go back to stock. So just a few less revs. . .

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      #3
      I went the other way, +1 on the front. I like the lowered RPM on the highway and the Hawk has enough torque that I don't miss the extra zip. The Hawk is slow anyway.
      Brian - Richland, WA
      1991 Hawk GT
      1997 VFR

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        #4
        Originally Posted by bk94si View Post
        I went the other way, +1 on the front. I like the lowered RPM on the highway and the Hawk has enough torque that I don't miss the extra zip. The Hawk is slow anyway.
        Yeah, that sounds good to me! The Hawk has plenty of torque to just chug along at low RPM.

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          #5
          With the Hord 700 and street cams which gives a nice fat torque curve, I like +1 on the front sprocket.
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            #6
            i tried +2 at the rear and it's fine.
            "It's only getting worse."


            MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

            Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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              #7
              The best bet is to try various combos to see what works best for your type of riding (not the cheapest, but nice to have options). Like squirrelman, I found 16f/46r works best for me.
              ASMA #139

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                #8
                stock - 17/42 still can get the front tire up in the air
                Gino
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                  #9
                  Thanks everybody! I'm taking it back to stock, gonna see how I like it.

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                    #10
                    Cheap way to get a feel for it is to ride someone else's bike in stock gearing. I think if you have several Hawkers in your area. I don't want to volunteer anyone but I am sure one of the friendlier ones will chime in if they are willing.
                    88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                    89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                    90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                      #11
                      Are you still on a 525, or did you swap to a 520 set up?

                      I'm sure we have a stock sprocket available for sale. Borrow it first?

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                        #12
                        Speak of the devil, lol.
                        88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                        89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                        90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                          #13
                          I have several good Honda 44 tooth sprockets in the box. After my rebuild, I am going to try 16/41, to get a better cruising speed and better range. PM me.

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                            #14
                            ...do I sense Wrench Day at our place coming up after the heat wave abates?!

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by ParcNHawk View Post
                              Are you still on a 525, or did you swap to a 520 set up?

                              I'm sure we have a stock sprocket available for sale. Borrow it first?
                              Oh dang, I ordered one and it arrived yesterday! Still on 525, btw.

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