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dan.46
05-17-2008, 08:53 AM
hi all. want to order new chain and sprockets for my 04 rsv. after reading a few posts on this topic already, would a 525 chain be ok for 15/43 gearing or would a 520 chain be better?

cheers

amauri
05-17-2008, 09:26 AM
For a street bike it is best to use a steel sprocket on the rear.

520 kits are popular because when combined with an aluminum sprocket, it is lighter and has less rolling resistance.
But they do wear quicker than 525 and require more frequent maintenance.

I use a 525 chain and steel sprockets because they require much less maintenance and last longer.

Anyone that says they can feel the difference in weight or friction on a street bike is dreaming, what they are feeling is the smoothness of the new parts.

dan.46
05-17-2008, 09:39 AM
so a 525 chain will be fine with 15/43 gearing? what are your views on 15/43 gearing?

amauri
05-17-2008, 09:44 AM
That is a big jump from the stock 16/40, some people like it.
I guess it really depends on how much time you spend cruising at steady throttle highway speeds.

What do you have on the bike now?

BB1000
05-17-2008, 09:49 AM
For a street bike it is best to use a steel sprocket on the rear.

520 kits are popular because when combined with an aluminum sprocket, it is lighter and has less rolling resistance.
But they do wear quicker than 525 and require more frequent maintenance.

I use a 525 chain and steel sprockets because they require much less maintenance and last longer.

Anyone that says they can feel the difference in weight or friction on a street bike is dreaming, what they are feeling is the smoothness of the new parts.


:rolleyes:.... Spot on there mate, I agree 100%........:worship:

BigMille
05-17-2008, 10:37 AM
so a 525 chain will be fine with 15/43 gearing? what are your views on 15/43 gearing?

I am running 16/44 and I would say it is just about right....and I am running a a 525 DID EVR..

dan.46
05-17-2008, 10:48 AM
running stock sprockets at the moment. don't really spend much time cruising on motorways, mostly good old derbyshire country side. would 15/42 be better? would that still give better accelleration?

CBar
05-17-2008, 11:17 AM
15/42 is very close to 16/44. I personally think this combination is the best for all-around riding, even though I am currently running 15/44.:fangs:

dan.46
05-17-2008, 12:00 PM
15/42 is very close to 16/44. I personally think this combination is the best for all-around riding, even though I am currently running 15/44.:fangs:

and what do you think of 15/44?

burntout
05-17-2008, 01:37 PM
running 15/42 on mine and its great fun, front wheel loves leaving the road in first and second with a simple roll on of the throttle.

make it happen :cheers:

rsvdan
05-17-2008, 04:20 PM
I've been running 15/40 for the last 6 months, but feel I lit bit more acceleration would be better. Does anyone know if you can run 15/42 with the standard length chain??

Cheers

CBar
05-17-2008, 04:31 PM
and what do you think of 15/44?

I am getting used to it. 1st gear redline comes pretty quick and I am turning a little more RPM than I am used to on the interstate, but I rarely ride interstate (or use 1st gear for that matter). Most of my riding is spirited country roads and I only ride for fun, so I think I am going to stay with the 15/44 for a while. Roll-ons are much brisker now!

ckruzel
05-17-2008, 08:46 PM
go with a 16 on the front and a 43 or 44 on the back. if i could fit a 17 on the front and a larger on the rear i would

dan.46
05-18-2008, 04:10 AM
go with a 16 on the front and a 43 or 44 on the back. if i could fit a 17 on the front and a larger on the rear i would

how come 16 on the front and not 15?

ckruzel
05-18-2008, 08:52 AM
not positive on the rsvr but typically a larger front keeps alot of drag off the chain where it goes over the swingarm

kzmille
05-18-2008, 09:04 AM
...if i could fit a 17 on the front and a larger on the rear i would

Is there some reason a 17 will not fit the 04's? I run a 17 on my 01.

ckruzel
05-18-2008, 09:47 AM
never tried it on the mille's so not sure how it would work, but a larger sprocket on all my other bikes in the front kept the chain drag to a minimum off the swingarm. seems the smaller you go its got to go downward off the swingarm to get to the smaller sprocket, but like you were saying i dont think the 17 would fit

kzmille
05-18-2008, 10:55 AM
I didn't say the 17 wouldn't fit. Quite the contrary, I think it probably will fit. The 04 on bikes use the same steel chain guide (the steel plate between the counter shaft sprocket cover and the case) as the 98-03 bikes. The engine cases are basically the same if not identical. The 17 was standard issue on Mille's from 98 thru 03 everywhere but the US.

ckruzel
05-18-2008, 01:00 PM
sorry, misread/understood the post

burntout
05-19-2008, 07:55 AM
I've been running 15/40 for the last 6 months, but feel I lit bit more acceleration would be better. Does anyone know if you can run 15/42 with the standard length chain??

Cheers

if i remember correctly I used the standard length chain when I replaced it. 118 links if I remember....but search in case I'm well off the mark on the number.....this has been discussed before mate. :cheers:

dan.46
05-19-2008, 02:12 PM
ordered 15/42 renthals and renthal chain today. was advised to have the 108 link chain and remove one link to fit correctly.

andy3d
05-19-2008, 07:54 PM
I've been running 15/40 for the last 6 months, but feel I lit bit more acceleration would be better. Does anyone know if you can run 15/42 with the standard length chain??

Cheers

I agree, I went 15/40 and feel a little more would be good:burnout: and will go 15/42 with my next service. I remember seeing some threads saying 15/42 was fine on stock chain.