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I was wondering what the best "all around" gear choice is. I'm not looking to change gearing for every different track that I do track days at, I just want a happy median. I'm am running a 15-47 (-1 and +2) on it now. I was talking to the dunlop guy at the last track event and he said he runs stock gearing on his 07 track bike.
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-1 / +2 is a pretty standard gearing setup for track bikes. If you're not running out of gear on any of the tracks you run, stick with it.
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i'm not sure where the -1/+2 thing that street riders seem to prefer found it's way to track bikes.. it's not ideal, especially with the 3rd gen bike. Stock gearing is the best starting point for many tracks, but not every track.

Gearing is also dependent on many things like your lap times, horesepower of your bike, and even tire size. But the 3rd gen bike engineers put lots of thought into the final drive ratio choice.. and 16/45 was it. It was even a major debate with them on weather to use 45 or 46.. but 15/47? perhaps at a go-kart track .

Many tracks you use 2nd through 5th gear too. There is NOT always a need to gear a bike for 6th gear.

There is no perfect gearing. Gear your bike so you get the best drive out of most of the corners. in FL myself and some others use roughly 16/45 at JEnningsGP, 16/46 at Homestead, about that for Roebling road, etc.

Again, your gearing may vary, but STOCK gearing will get you in the ballpark more times than not..


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I was wondering what the best "all around" gear choice is. I'm not looking to change gearing for every different track that I do track days at, I just want a happy median. I'm am running a 15-47 (-1 and +2) on it now. I was talking to the dunlop guy at the last track event and he said he runs stock gearing on his 07 track bike.
Why are you unhappy with your current gearing?
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Not unhappy with the current gearing, It's just i rarely get into the lower gears on the track and I'm almost at the rev limiter at the end of the straight at Summit Point Main. I was just shooting the shit with the Dunlop tire guy at the last track day and he had mentioned he was running stock gearing on his bike, so it got me thinking.
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I am running -1 +2 and I like it. I can pull most other 600's coming out of turns at the same speed. I have never topped out the bike and I have ridden on Laguna Seca, Buttonwillow, and Thunderhill. I don't see a need for higher gearing yet and I usually stay between 2nd and 4th gears.
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I am running -1 +2 and I like it. I can pull most other 600's coming out of turns at the same speed. I have never topped out the bike and I have ridden on Laguna Seca, Buttonwillow, and Thunderhill. I don't see a need for higher gearing yet and I usually stay between 2nd and 4th gears.

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...It's just i rarely get into the lower gears on the track and I'm almost at the rev limiter at the end of the straight...
That's what I was asking; that's a reason to change your gearing selection.

You are geared too low. Maybe try going up one tooth in the front. Counter shaft sprockets aren't that expensive and you can probably re-use your chain as long as you have enough fore adjustment left.
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-1 +1 is what I'll be going next spring and seems pretty popular.


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