The beauty of a chain final drive is that it can easily be altered to suit the rider’s purposes. Shorter gearing makes the bike leap out of corners by raising the rpm that the engine is spinning at any given road speed. Stunters like this because it helps them with their tire-smoking, front wheel-lofting antics. Road racers like it because they can have their bike’s power delivery set to work at its best on an important section of track.

Making the gearing taller will lower the rpm throughout the rpm range, which is why you will find this kind of gearing in use on the airport runways, dry lake beds, and salt flats of the world.

Bottom line: Know why you’re changing your gearing and how it will affect your motorcycle across the rpm range.

Ten Steps To A New Chain And Sprockets

  • Flubbly

    Where on the list are mohawk helmet wigs and pillions with jeggings?

    • Starmag

      “jeggings”. LOL. I had to look that up. 1 Minute of my life gone forever.

      • spiff

        It only took me about 20 seconds, and I feel it was time well spent.

        • Starmag

          I just meant that as a fad-of-the-moment comment, but after reading yours I went back and looked more closely. You couldn’t be more right, that was time well spent.

  • Starmag

    The irony of aftermarket mods is that the resale value of motorcycles have proven over a long time that bone stock bikes almost always sell for more. Despite the thousands you throw at it, you usually make it worth less. This becomes even more true the older the bike gets.

    • Jon Jones

      Right on the money.

    • spiff

      I would argue a well accessories period correct bike is still valued. I also agree with you overall. Thats why you should save all your stock parts. At the time of sale swap everything out and sell the aftermarket stuff on the side.

    • Craig Hoffman

      It is work, but it makes sense to put a bike back to stock when you sell it, and sell the cool Penske shocks, Akra exhausts, Power Commanders etc separately and to hang the boat anchor stock exhaust back on it. Much more money is recovered that way.

      It is heartbreaking to take a well set up and tuned bike and put it back intostock form, but you are right. Nobody is willing to pay for a well set up and tuned bike with aftermarket mods on it.

  • john phyyt

    Another great read thank-you Evans; I would only query your suggestion that number plates only make your bike faster.
    I would suggest , that they also make it handle better and shorten stopping distances . They also make you and your cycle irresistable to potential lovers.

  • Mahatma

    Done #5,4,3,2. Did #7,but got caught red handed,so must revisit DoV here in norway with my original exhaust mounted.#1 is irrelevant on my nt650gt.

    Nice article.