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Old 05-31-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default 05 Honda sabre vt1100 can rear drive gear be changed to higher 1

I have a 05 Honda sabre vt1100 can the rear drive gear be changed to a higher gear, will something from another bike with a higher gear ratio work. thanks

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Old 06-01-2009, 06:19 AM   #2
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Question anyone know

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Old 06-01-2009, 08:35 AM   #3
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If it has a chain drive, yes you can install a smaller sprocket. If it is shaft drive, no.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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Some bikes, notably BMWs, have options in the rear drive gear size so you can change the ratios like a chain/sprocket bike can. I'd say the only reliable source for the info is your Honda parts guy. But be advised, even if you can get the gears, you're talking about dismanting your rear drive and probably pressing in new gears. Based on what I've read about BMWs, even a cheaper Honda labor rate would probably be in the hundred$ for the work. Plus shop rags, lubricants, EPA disposal fees, etc.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:28 PM   #5
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wel it would be great if it could be done it is shaft drive and I would do it my self. honda was now help! called customer sevice to they told me we cant give you that info because it hasnt been tested LMAO well someone somewhere will figure this out some day
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No you can not change it, no other gear sets are available. No, no other gear sets or rear hubs will fit. Sorry, what you see is what you get.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:45 AM   #7
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No you can not change it, no other gear sets are available. No, no other gear sets or rear hubs will fit. Sorry, what you see is what you get.
thats what im finding out thanks
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As a general rule Japanese bike parts are not interchangeable, if you want a bike you can modify you'll need to go with a new Bonneville sereies Triumph or any model Harley, both have pretty heavy factory and aftermarket support.
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Actually, this has been done successfully with Kawasaki Concours rear ends. A taller gear set from another bike fits in place.

I takes a competent mechanic with a working knowledge of the manufacturers bikes, access to the parts, and lot of free time to figure it out, though.
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Actually, this has been done successfully with Kawasaki Concours rear ends. A taller gear set from another bike fits in place.

I takes a competent mechanic with a working knowledge of the manufacturers bikes, access to the parts, and lot of free time to figure it out, though.

Yup, they call it the "7th Gear" for the Concours. It's a slightly modified Voyager drive gear that effectively lowers RPMs at speed by about 500. It's pretty slick and wouldn't mind one myself.
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