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  1. #1
    My Bike(s)
    1993 Honda CBR600 F2

    Number of sprocket teeth

    How does getting a sprocket with more or less teeth effect the performance of your bike? Does less teeth give you faster acceleration?

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  3. #2
    Seat Tester
    My Bike(s)
    1991 Honda Nighthawk 750
    Northern NJ
    Depends on which sprocket, front or rear.

    Less teeth on front (or more on rear), more engine RPM at a given speed. May be faster acceleration, but shifting sooner may make your 0-60 time slower, depending on bike.

    Less teeth on rear (or more on front), slower engine RPM at a given speed. May make you slower accelerating, but maybe not.

    Changing ratio's without considering the full impact may cause you to waste some money. Changing ratio's may also require a shorter or longer chain as well as new sprockets. Depending on the bike, you may reduce top speed (On small displacement bikes, this is especially true) whether you go smaller or larger on the sprocket.

    Losing 15 lbs of personal body weight will definitely make you faster though.
    Richard C.
    1991 Honda NH750
    1976 Honda CB360t

  4. #3
    basically, what he said.

    less teeth on front / more teeth on rear is a high ratio, similar to what drag racers use - feeds more power to the rear wheel, gives quicker accelerations (generally), potentially uses more fuel

    more teeth on front / less teeth on rear is a low ratio, similar to "highway gears" or an "overdrive" on a car - less power, slower / more sluggish accelerations, more fuel efficient, gotta be careful not to "lug" the engine by having the rpm too low since you run a higher risk of twisting the crankshaft / transmission shafts - basically, MUST MUST MUST downshift when passing.

  5. #4
    My Bike(s)
    1993 Honda CBR600 F2
    Thanks I appreciate the help.


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