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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Finally completed with winter mods - for now...

Spent the winter doing all kinds of mods. Bike only has 200 miles, once I hit 500 I'll start pushing it. The only performance changes are the 40t sprocket, new exhaust and air box snorkel yank...

P.S. I have the brand new aluminum fenders from Webike that I never used if anyone is interested.
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Looks awesome. Nice one.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-26-2019, 12:11 AM
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newbie question here.. what is the stock sprocket, and what does changing it do?

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I believe the stock rear sprocket has 48 teeth. With this sprocket, the gearing is very low which is generally better for riding off rode. By switching to a smaller rear sprocket, such as a 40t in my case, it makes the gearing higher. This decreases my RPM's at highway speeds - just think about riding a 10 speed bike, and what happens when you go to a bigger/smaller rear sprocket.

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Thanks for the reply - very helpful. And your mods look really good. Well done!


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Spumoni, if I remember correctly, they sell with a 46T. It feels rather like the torque band falls off pretty quickly when I hit around 52~55 mph. Are you able to hold higher speeds with the 40T?
I like the low first gear, but not certain if I need it much.
The bike is dead slow - but I just got off of 105 hp, so there's that...

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Steve - I know what you mean, all my other bikes are bigger - from Motoguzzi's to Ducati's, to old shovel heads.... so this little Van Van is a different world. Yet, it's the first bike I've been jumping on lately!

To answer your question, yes I really have to work it to keep it up there. If the wind is blowing against me, it's even worse. But, the bike just hit 500 miles so I've been not beating it too much. I plan on taking it for another run, then changing the oil. Once I do that I'll hit it much harder and see how it does at top speed. I'm curious to know how fast I can get it. If I can hit 69 or 70 I'll be a happy camper.

Stay tuned.
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Thanks for the reply - very helpful. And your mods look really good. Well done!


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Thanks Anders! I'm really happy with the way the bike came out.
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Steve - I know what you mean, all my other bikes are bigger - from Motoguzzi's to Ducati's, to old shovel heads.... so this little Van Van is a different world. Yet, it's the first bike I've been jumping on lately!

To answer your question, yes I really have to work it to keep it up there. If the wind is blowing against me, it's even worse. But, the bike just hit 500 miles so I've been not beating it too much. I plan on taking it for another run, then changing the oil. Once I do that I'll hit it much harder and see how it does at top speed. I'm curious to know how fast I can get it. If I can hit 69 or 70 I'll be a happy camper.

Stay tuned.
People report hitting 65 - 70 with the stock gearing but any hills will cause you to slow down. I would suspect with your new gearing that will be even worse.
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