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I need to replace the chain and front sprocket on my 2003 vn800 and I'm looking for suggestions and input on possible improvements with rpms and better highway cruising any help would be awesome!
 

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i would leave the front sprocket 17 tooth and just change the rear, if you want better highway go with a 40 tooth on the rear, i should try to find my older post on this in the archives
 

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I need to replace the chain and front sprocket on my 2003 vn800 and I'm looking for suggestions and input on possible improvements with rpms and better highway cruising any help would be awesome!
I have a 1999 Classic.
I ride about 50 miles around town per week, then on sundays ride about 150-200 miles highway,
so I was torn between the Bar Hopper 16/46 gears of the early 800's with the low end power and a higher ratio for highway. Debated on the 18/40 gears that highway guys love.
Went with the factory 97-05 800 stock 17/42.
At about 70MPH my tach is 4,000RPM, bike runs like that for a couple hours on sundays.
gearing depends on how you ride. Only puttering around town? I'd want the 16/46, but only on the highway I'd want the 18/40 gears. 17/42 seamed like a good balance.
front gears can be bought at 14 to 19 teeth for our bikes, rears at 38-46 teeth, so you can make any combo you want.
check out Btom's gear ratios, buy good gears, buy a good O-ring chain.
 

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I have a 1999 Classic.
I ride about 50 miles around town per week, then on sundays ride about 150-200 miles highway,
so I was torn between the Bar Hopper 16/46 gears of the early 800's with the low end power and a higher ratio for highway. Debated on the 18/40 gears that highway guys love.
Went with the factory 97-05 800 stock 17/42.
At about 70MPH my tach is 4,000RPM, bike runs like that for a couple hours on sundays.
gearing depends on how you ride. Only puttering around town? I'd want the 16/46, but only on the highway I'd want the 18/40 gears. 17/42 seamed like a good balance.
front gears can be bought at 14 to 19 teeth for our bikes, rears at 38-46 teeth, so you can make any combo you want.
check out Btom's gear ratios, buy good gears, buy a good O-ring chain.
Thanks man. I like to put on a couple hundred kms over the weekends mostly back country roads and around the ills and valleys not a lot of fuel stations around so I'm wanting better fuel economy so I figured get the rpms down.
 

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Thanks man preciate he help!
 

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