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    I am sure yall have variations of sprocket ratios, but how does 16/41 sound for good highway cruising? I am 16/44 running 4500 rpm at roughly 65/70mpmh. Too buzzy and frankly too many revs for the ole bird if you ask me. Moving to 520 conversion as well. I could care less about off the line, since my commute is 5 lights over 21 miles each way.
    Retired AFM / WERA #555

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    You could go 17/44 for something close to your proposed (not quite as high) and have the ability to throw on a 16T c/s sprocket for the occasional "spirited" gearing. Is there even room for a 17? Most Hondas there is.

    "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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      #3
      I have 17/44. I like it and it is easier on the chain slider than 16/41 would be. If you have a chain roller, it probably would not matter.
      Brian - Richland, WA
      1991 Hawk GT
      1997 VFR

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        #4
        Originally Posted by bk94si View Post
        I have 17/44. I like it and it is easier on the chain slider than 16/41 would be. If you have a chain roller, it probably would not matter.
        It's also slightly easier on the chain and sprocket. More teeth area to engage and a larger radius to go around.

        Come to think of it, my bike came with a brand new 520 conversion and I haven't even verified what the sprockets are.
        "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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          #5
          Stock hawk I would be hesitant to gear it too far up. Just because there is a lack of power at speed and I would worry about taking out of the power curve on the highway. It could get very slugish.

          That said, it may work great. I don't know, never tried it and I'm not expert. There is just not a lot of power to work with.
          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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            #6
            good info. I wasn't sure about CS space between the shift shaft and sprocket. If 17 fits, I will go that route. Cheaper too! Now to find the little guy.
            Retired AFM / WERA #555

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              #7
              17 fits but sometimes the tips of the teeth hit the shifter shaft depending on the manufacturer. You might have to file the sprocket a tiny bit

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                #8
                So no dice on Vortex or Sprocket Center for a CS with 17 teeth. Ideas?
                Pro-Tek makes one. on ebay.. thoughts on Pro Tek?
                Retired AFM / WERA #555

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                  #9
                  I don't think I would be stressing much over a steel c/s sprocket as long as it fits. I would take what's available if it didn't look like it was made in Bubba's barn.

                  Sprocket Specialists?
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                    #10
                    ^^^ They say it is possible to order. I might go with Pro-Tek since actually remembered teammates running PT gear during my racing days. Once I saw their logo it brought back memories....lol Easier to purchase than anticipated.. yay internets. Peeps don't let your kids race motorcycles...Wife says I had too many un-recognized concussions. Thank you Arai for quality products or I wouldn't be able to remember my name.
                    Retired AFM / WERA #555

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                      #11
                      I am testing 16/41, 525 chain. Mostly stock Hawk engine, rejetted with Fuel exhaust, shorty can. I really like the gearing spread. Only downside is I could only find a Vortex aluminum 41T. It appears you would have to have a custom steel 41T made. Wear will be an issue. But it was a quick installation and when it wears out, I will probably go to a 520 chain 16/41, save a few pounds. I don't do that many miles, this is a fun-ride bike, so it doesn't matter to me.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by rogue555 View Post
                        ^^^ Peeps don't let your kids race motorcycles...Wife says I had too many un-recognized concussions. Thank you Arai for quality products or I wouldn't be able to remember my name.
                        My wife keeps telling me I have CTE.... But I don't think so. Though I do have a limp.

                        I'd let my kids race in a heart beat if they had started riding at the age I did. CTE or no, I'll take the stories and the trophies any day.
                        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                          #13
                          ^^^ Problem is that I can't remember the cool stories... Naw, you are correct, it was amazing when I was racing. Almost had a couple lap records for my little SV650. Trophies are classic because I will find some stored here and there in my house and realize I did better than I remembered. Favorite tracks, Miller Motorsports, Seca and Road Atlanta.
                          Retired AFM / WERA #555

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                            #14
                            17-44 FTW..I guess. IMG_2612.JPG IMG_2613.JPG IMG_2614.JPG
                            didn't have to trim the counter shaft sprocket but I did set the chain a little loose for its first ride. kinda ate up my lower chain rubber delay. My bike did not like anything over 1/2 HOT gauge temperature while not moving. Sprayed a few ounces out of the overflow tank. I think a new thermy is needed. Lucky it is rarely over 80*s out when I ride. Fun to ride to work, except I need 6th gear dangit. Did drop roughly 600rpm and my speedo is nearly 11mph over. The 520 was a noticeable change, which made the money worth it.
                            Retired AFM / WERA #555

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by rogue555 View Post
                              ^^^ Problem is that I can't remember the cool stories... Naw, you are correct, it was amazing when I was racing. Almost had a couple lap records for my little SV650. Trophies are classic because I will find some stored here and there in my house and realize I did better than I remembered. Favorite tracks, Miller Motorsports, Seca and Road Atlanta.
                              I keep loosing stories.

                              5-10 years ago I could tell stories all day. Now, I have a handful of classics that I have told so many times I'm starting to wonder how well I actually remember them...

                              Every once in a while somthing will pop into my head like "remember that time the dude picked me up hitchhiking then tried to give me his Cadillac so he could go kill himself" (LOT MORE to that one.)

                              I'll think, man.... I need to write this shit down, but I don't, and bit by bit they are all leaving for good.

                              Still, I'll take the consequences for the life I have lived purely because I hate being bored.

                              Not sure if it's head injuries or just being almost 40.. but I'll try and keep making new ones to replace the ones I'm loosing long as I can.

                              And ya, 17-44's great
                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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