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Offline ZROD

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2019, 12:56:28 PM »
*Originally Posted by Jasper [+]
Changing the gearing to 17/41 is the best thing that has happened to my z900 and driving style. I drive fast, too fast, but you wont see me accelerate beyond my skill level but if possible I overtake everything in front of me and only rarely I have to shift down in order overtake traffic due to the massive torque of the z900.

I'm convinced the z900 can handle a higher gearing and actually doing so striking a much better balance between torque, revs and speed than the stock gearing and thus getting a much better fuel economy and less wear and tear.

Still, Frontline and George26 have raised good points: the speedometer will become inaccurate (4,25 % at 80 km/h) and the gearing wont fit racing the tracks.

What is the GPS verified top speed you have achieved after the gearing mod?
Would really appreciate if you could post a video link of the speed run  :002:
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Offline Blackcell06

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2019, 05:38:03 AM »
The z900 is fast. Especially with an exhaust. Doesnt have the torque like my speed triple but it gets up to a hundred pretty damn quick. Speed shift that pig like god intended and it feels like one single gear.
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Offline Blackcell06

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #32 on: April 03, 2019, 05:39:18 AM »
The low seat height actually improves ride quality for long distance as it removes weight from my wrists, it also helps in the wind. It does feel a bit weird but Im growing use to it.
Both my bikes are for sale.
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Offline Z900Arizona

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2019, 03:42:33 AM »
*Originally Posted by Warmweather-Rider [+]
I wish the lower gears were not so short also.  That and the low seat height were the first things I noticed about the z that I wish were different.  Other than that,  I really love the Z900!

I agree with you about the gearing but the seat was a selling point for me.  I never sat IN a bike before.  Usually it's ON the bike.  I loved that.   
« Last Edit: April 10, 2019, 03:48:35 AM by Z900Arizona »

Offline Warmweather-Rider

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2019, 07:38:46 AM »
I like to be in the bike rather than on the bike also.  I just thought of what I should have said,  if the footpegs had a lower setting built in the frame like my fz8 did,  the taller riders could lower the footpegs. 
     I was planning on ordering a 16 tooth front sprocket thinking this would improve things like a longer time before having to shift gears,  but my dealer said it might have negative consequences on the engine as in could damage some internal parts to the engine,  I have no idea if this is true,  but my dealer has been working there since 1972.
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Offline Jim

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2019, 09:34:13 AM »
*Originally Posted by Warmweather-Rider [+]
I like to be in the bike rather than on the bike also.  I just thought of what I should have said,  if the footpegs had a lower setting built in the frame like my fz8 did,  the taller riders could lower the footpegs. 
     I was planning on ordering a 16 tooth front sprocket thinking this would improve things like a longer time before having to shift gears,  but my dealer said it might have negative consequences on the engine as in could damage some internal parts to the engine,  I have no idea if this is true,  but my dealer has been working there since 1972.

Worse that could happen because of it, is slightly more/quicker wear on the clutch.

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2019, 03:37:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by Warmweather-Rider [+]
I have no idea if this is true,  but my dealer has been working there since 1972.

Since I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night ....I am qualified to say
I have never seen more than 30K on a specific bike
BUT
I'd find another dealer

Offline Frontline

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Re: 1st and second low geared?
« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2019, 05:02:19 PM »
*Originally Posted by Warmweather-Rider [+]
but my dealer said it might have negative consequences on the engine as in could damage some internal parts to the engine,  I have no idea if this is true,  but my dealer has been working there since 1972.
If I heard a dealer say something that dumb, I'd never walk in that place ever again. I would advise you to ask the owner/manager if he agrees with that statement. Facepalm  :138:

BTW: That dealer doesn't even realize the Z900RS is geared lower from factory compared to Z900 (2.80 vs 2.93). Guess he is expecting a bunch of RS bikes to come in to fix "damaged internals."
« Last Edit: April 11, 2019, 05:10:39 PM by Frontline »