I eat my R6
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Orange County, CA
Bike: 2005 R6
Re: New User: Decision to make and would appreciate any feedback!
Think of it like shifting gears on a bicycle... the engine (your legs) have the same power but the different gearing allows you to get torque to the wheels better for a given speed. When you have it in a low gear, like when you go up hills, it makes pedaling easy but you can only spin your legs so fast and are limited on your top speed, more or less. The same is true for changing the gearing on the motorcycle. Your revs will spin up faster, getting you the more powerful part of the rev range sooner, but you will be limiting your top speed. If you're okay with limiting your top speed to 135-140 mph (depending on gearing) then its not such a big deal.
I went -1 in the front on my 2005 R6 and I like it. I might try -1 in front and +1 in back next time. Going -1 in front changes the speedo/mileage 9%. You can buy things that plug into your bike (speedo healer) that correct this, or for the 2006+ you can flash the ECU and correct for this. I already had 35k miles on my bike when I changed the front sprocket, so I didn't bother.
If you want mid range, why not a v-twin or triple? Or a liter bike?
2005 R6- Ohlins shock with Lindemann Engineering re-valve, Ohlins cartridges with Lindemann Engineering re-valve, full Hindle Stainless Steel exhaust, PCIII, Dynojet Quick Shifter, AGG smog block offs, K&N air filter, Puig windscreen, Vortex Rear Sets, fender eliminator, flush-mount blinkers, and if only I had more time for track days...