I have a quick question for anyone that can help. Last year I added another tooth to the front sprocket of my bike expecting to get more top end. Instead for addin more top end it dropped about 8 mph. I talked to a service department of a bike shop today and they told me that I may need to drop a tooth instead of addin a tooth. I was just wondering if that could possible work or was this guy pullin my leg tryin to make another sale. It's not like this is an expensive part but don't want to waste money. Any advise would be helpful. The original sprocket had sixteen teeth and the one that I have on it now has seventeen. Thanks in advance for any help that you may be able to provide me with.
Thanks for the advise guys. My bike is, don't laugh, a 2004 Kawasaki 500 Vulcan. The original sprockets sizes are 16 tooth front and 42 tooth back. With the original front sprocket it topped out at 102 mph. With a 17 tooth front sprocket it tops out at 94 mph. The ultimate goal is to gain a little more gas mileage. With the 17 tooth front sprocket it dropped my mileage by a couple of mpg.