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Offline RockyMtnZ

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Re: Gearing - Z900 - version 2.0
Reply #40 on: June 27, 2020, 01:32:30 AM
My style of riding often includes 75-80 MPH, and the bike would feel more relaxed at those speeds with slightly taller gearing.

If I may, I'd like to restate the first of my two questions, which remains unanswered.

1. 17-41 requires no chain modification, but "the rubber cushioning had to go." You can keep it with 16-41. Why does it "have to go" with the 17-41 arrangement?
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Offline KawaJagz

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Re: Gearing - Z900 - version 2.0
Reply #41 on: June 27, 2020, 08:27:15 AM
*Originally Posted by Josh [+]
I do not commute. Only ride rural roads for pleasure. I would gear it down not up. The wind on a Z900 is not pleasant at high speed. 115MPH is pretty sketchy. For my style of riding, I have no idea why you would make the gearing taller.

I also ride mainly rural roads (around East Anglia) but how often do you actually use 1st gear while riding, as opposed to just pulling away?

In effect, the taller gearing doesn't make a huge amount of difference in the bottom gears, it just gives you one extra higher gear. You can still race from corner to corner at 9000rpm if that's what floats your boat, you'll just be doing it 1 gear lower than you do with the standard gearing.
I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure!

Offline Josh

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Re: Gearing - Z900 - version 2.0
Reply #42 on: July 03, 2020, 10:17:05 PM
I understand your point. When I am not playing I am around 70mph. That puts me at 4600 rpm which I like. Decent engine braking. Immediate torque.
I may temporarily gear up out of curiosity to see if I agree with you.
Love the discussion.

Offline Jim

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Re: Gearing - Z900 - version 2.0
Reply #43 on: July 05, 2020, 04:51:27 PM
*Originally Posted by Jasper [+]
Hi folks

Been riding last two weeks almost every day and still very happy with the 'upgraded' gearing.

First week I did some high speed freeway driving, some short trips and some drifting along with the general traffic - 90% of the time in 5th and 6th gear - drove 318 km - filled the tank with 15,98 liter of gas => fuel consumption 19,9 km/l.

Second week of driving was all about commuting and overtaking if possible - still most part of my driving was in 6'th gear - drove 312 km - filled the tank with 15,38 liter of gas => fuel consumption 20,29 km/l  :305:  :305:

Taking the fuel economy higher will counterfeit the purpose of the Z900 and my being  :001: Reaching 20 km/l and still having fun is very satisfying  :152:

Hmmm, so with your 17/41 sprocket set up, your only getting 47.75 miles per gallon.

Offline gary

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Re: Gearing - Z900 - version 2.0
Reply #44 on: July 09, 2020, 07:42:03 PM
I want to do this mod 16/41.  What brand sprockets should I get?  I have a 2020 z900.  Will I get a cel?
Last Edit: July 09, 2020, 08:02:04 PM by gary