Everything You Need To Know About Chain And Sprocket Kits from Sportbiketrackgear.com

Everything You Need To Know About Chain And Sprocket Kits from Sportbiketrackgear.com

Hi, I’m Bryan Van sportbiketrackgear.com and today we’re going to talk about chain kits We’ve done a lot of install videos You’ve probably seen that stuff. We’ve got that covered pretty well cool tools to use to do it We got that too But let’s talk about why You want to put a chain kit on your bike And how to get you the right parts to hit the performance goals you have in mind Okay, when it comes time for a chain and sprocket kit right? There’s a few reasons. Why you would do it Performance that’s the most common one here for us right By changing the gearing you alter the acceleration and performance of your motorcycle Reason number two would be maintenance Say you put enough miles on the bike this stuff is just flat-out worn out And it’s time for a new kit Reason number three this is also in my mind a great reason You want to add a little bling look at this I mean you put that Red Driven rear sprocket on this bike, some bitchin’ sprocket nuts. Gold chain, okay, my bikes dirty I know, I gotta clean it It makes the bike Look better Most stock bikes Are going to come with either a 530 or a 525 pitch chain and sprocket kit on it The most common replacement kit is going to be 520 pitch The reason most Riders choose that, especially on sport bikes, is when you go to that 520 pitch It’s narrow, okay the sprockets narrower, especially the chain is narrow So you’re losing weight that weight is rotating mask quite obviously because it’s spinning So the lighter it is the less force it generates right makes the bike handle better accelerate quicker You know then of course you know the overall curb weight of the motorcycle is reduced By using quality components and going from a thicker 530 or 525 chain you are able to maintain Very similar strength, and where It is also really important to note You cannot mix and match chain pitch you can’t take A 530 chain and throw a 520 sprocket on the bike Negative, it’s not going to work If you’re going 530 you stay 530 chain and sprocket, so on and so forth right down the line Let’s say performance is what you’re after you want that bike to accelerate faster We’re going to focus on 1000cc, and 600cc bikes, right In between you’re going to kind of move in between I’ll talk about that With 1000cc, if you want the bike to accelerate quicker what I’m going to suggest that you do, right is Add two teeth to the stock rear sprocket count That way it’s not so aggressive you’d turn the thing into a wheelie machine If you want more you can always do more, that’s up to you But to preserve good handling And the ability to use all the gears on a 1000 what I’m going to recommend you start just by going up 2 teeth In the rear Now the 600 CC. Bike right a couple schools of thought there Once again I’m going to lean more towards you know let’s try to preserve And improve the performance you dont want to go too extreme So what I’m going to suggest you do on a 600 Let’s go down one tooth in the front. Going down one tooth in the front is like going up three teeth in the rear It is a very significant change? Now with a 600 it is also really popular To go down one in the front and up two in the rear it is a very significant change Right, you’re going to lose a little top end, but that bike is going to accelerate a whole lot quicker, so One’s just a little bit more extreme than the other For bikes that are in between that ok Once again, I’m going to say let’s kind of stay conservative ok let’s make small moves if it’s a 750 750, it’s a little more in my mind like a 1000cc, you get a 900 right FZ-09, something like that. I feel like you’re going to be best served in in my opinion By trying one tooth Down in that front sprocket. Because that leaves you a lot of room to work with the rear sprocket To get a good gearing combination Also remember forums are a great resource A lot of folks that have had these bikes all ready they’ve tried different things You’ll find their feedback on there, and it can help you choose the right gearing combo for yourself Ok now Hopefully, we’ve gotten you a little bit closer to what you want to do If it’s just a maintenance kit right let’s say it just worn out you like good quality stuff, right? We have kits available that are pre-cut and lengthened to come with stock pitch Stock gearing good high-quality stuff steel sprockets front and back and they make the install easy Wear Aluminum rear Sprockets in five 20 they don’t last as long as steel Do they are lighter and they all those bitchin’ colors. So you’re picking that up right? Remember with a 5:20 kit you can also take and use a steel front. They’re all steel and at a steel rear They are heavier than the aluminum, okay? They are still lighter than the stock sprocket that came on the bike as long as you’re Changing pitch reducing pitch But the Lifespan is going to be significantly longer than the aluminum Also, any of the hard anodized rear sprockets will have a longer life, than say just like a Standard silver bare aluminum sprocket that would have about the shortest life cycle If you’re Gonna install the kid on the bike yourself We’ve got install videos you can use those as a guide if you’re not comfortable, go to a mechanic But what I can tell you is this. You’re going to need some tools to get this done and get it done, right? That master link okay. It’s going to come with a rivet link the stuff that we do comes with a rivet link Do not put a clip link on those things hit slide apart, thing falls off, chain wads up breaks your motor cases disaster You need to rivet. To rivet it, you have to have a tool These are some really popular and these are quality chain tools From Motion Pro. There PBR chain tool kit You’re going to see me using this in a bunch of videos the thing rocks, it’s under $100 We stock it, we sell a ton I’ve used this one many times. Loaned it out before and they couldn’t even manage to break it, good piece motion Pro Chain alignment tool Motion Pro Slack Setter Okay, with your chain tension. Some people think when the chain’s brand new You want to make it to the tight side because it’s going to stretch Negative, if that chain is ever to the tight side and you ride it is going to be hard on the sprockets And hard on the driveline components on the bike You do not want that So even when the chain is brand new I want you to start with Proper chain tension You can use that slack setter tool Find on the internet, right, the specs are everywhere your slack setting And get that dialed and right and then recheck as you ride the bike the first couple times That has a huge impact On how long that stuff is going to wear and then remember chain maintenance Make sure you have some chain loop and you keep that stuff Reasonably lubricated also enhances its life cycle Last but not least let’s say that you’ve changed the gearing on your bike well guess what else has changed Now the speedometer right. If you’ve shortened a gearing so it accelerates harder. Well guess what? When you’re going 50 the thing says you’re going 75 or 80 You think, ahh it’s not a big deal, i can pace that. Well you’re correct, you can pace that But what you can’t do is pace your odometer. Remember when you go to sell one of these things, right What are people looking at. The year, the mileage, and of course the condition of the bike, okay? If you’ve just let that rack up additional miles For no other reason than you wanted shorter gearing, right. It de-values your investment SpeedoHealer, this is one of the brands that we work with here. They do a great job HeelTech V4 SpeedoHealer We have an install video coming on the R3 They’re inexpensive, you get this on there and basically what this does get your speedo right Gets your odometer right and it protects your investment So I really shortened this up. This is basically cliffnotes. We got a lot of other videos and remember We are always here as a resource if you have questions to ask for a particular kit for your motorcycle Thanks for watching hope you guys enjoy this Chain and sprocket series that we’re working on and thanks for choosing STG

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I think engineers done their best to gear a motorcycle, both for performance and safety. Just do regular maintenance and change when its worn out.

  2. I have a 2000 cbr 600 f4 I'm wanting to buy a 520 chain kit one tooth down in the front but I want metal gears do you have a kit like this for my bike

  3. You talked about 1 tooth less in the front on a 600 in order to keep good performance. Doing that do you recommend leaving the back sprocket stock? I'll be ordering from you guys once I'm sure which way to go. I'm not looking for crazy performance and I want my top end on highways. Thanks in advance.

  4. i want some aftermarket race clip ons bars to be installed on my cbr 250 ,,, but i need to cut my fairings so that it doesnt restrict my handling ;;;;; any other way some that my fairing gets saved !!!!)

  5. Hi ! Excellent videos ! I have a GSXR 1000 K2 and am about to change the chain kit, what would you recommend ? I was thinking about +2 on the rear should be fine, but to what measure will it affect my top speed, and I'm not sure about steel or aluminium and 520 or 530, I don't do track, just going to work everyday like 80km, the road is fun and I can kick on the gas and hitting the road on the week end.
    And thanks again for your videos, just did my chain tension for the firts time with one of your videos, went perfect !

  6. With the Speedo thing. Couldn't I completely cheat using the stock sprockets but made the odometer count slower .

  7. I'm pissed were still using this chain bs crap. Im tired of changing chain and sprockets. I can only get 15-30k miles. Why the hell isn't chain and sprockets technology gone further. Or develop dam auto adjusters for less bs maintenance.

  8. Going from 530 or 525 chain to 520 is NOT changing pitch. They are the SAME pitch which is 5/8th of an inch between adjacent links. You are misusing that term here. Also, only going up 2 teeth on the rear sprocket on a 1000cc motorcycle might not even be noticeable. On my 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R, I went -2 in the front and +11 in the rear so that shows that your "advice" is WAY off for some people. You cannot give generic advice to people not knowing what their goal is. That is stupid to say gearing it down more than a few teeth will turn it into a wheelie machine. That is what a throttle and rear brake are for. I think you better understand more about motorcycles before you go giving "advice".

  9. Going from 525 to 520 chain and sprockets is only a miniscule reduction in weight that likely wont even be felt by the rider since the reduced mass is close to the center of rotation. Something like a lighter tire would make MORE of a difference than going from 525 to 520 chain and sprockets since the tire weight is much father away from the center of rotation. That is funny that you titled this video "Everything you need to know about chain and sprockets kits…" and then you have many errors in this presentation. Downvoted.

  10. Actually the sprockets I settled on (after trying some more radical combos), was +1, +11 which was still good for about 150 MPH top speed. I actually went from a 17-525 front to 18-520 front. The rear went from 39-525 to 50-520. That seemed to be the "perfect" compromise for my style of riding. Notice that to "gear" a bike down, you can actually increase the # of teeth on the front sprocket, as long as you compensate with the rear sprocket as I did. That 18-50 combo was a LOT of fun. My sportbike days are over but I still tinker with sprockets. My favorite is Supersprox stealth.

    To help "prove" that reducing rotating mass only makes a difference if it is reasonably "far" away from the center of rotation, ask yourself why doesn't SuperSprox doesn't make a dual metal front sprocket with steel teeth and an aluminum carrier. That is the reason why. It is not worth the effort cuz the performance gain would not even be noticeable. Even the rear sprocket performance gain is minimal but they look so cool.

  11. I have a CB500F. Want a bit more torque. Don't care about top end speed. Will there be more torque at all speeds thru all gears? Thx.

  12. Hi I have a 2003 r1 fully loaded just did the chain and sprocket the oem is 16 front rear 43 pitch 530 the bike has a lot of power so I went 17 front kept the rear 43 is that okay with 530 pitch ? Thank you.

  13. I want to change the gearing on my 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S. Currently running stock gearing, what do you guys recommend?
    Also, will I need a speedohealer?
    PS: Huge fan of the channel!

  14. I want to increase my acceleration on my R3. I don't care about top end as long as I can do my speed limits around 60-75. Never feel too safe going too fast on 2 wheels but I sure do love accelerating fast. What would you suggest?

  15. hi i have tomos apn 6 its a 50cc and usually these things tuned properly go 80-90kmh but i dont really care about speed 70 for me is ok i tought that maybe i could since the gearbox sprocket is 12 teeth and rear one is 33 i tought of puttin on front 13 tooth and on back 32 but im not a professional i would like to keep the speed but also have some acceleration so thats why im asking you for help :/ 🙂

  16. Hey Brian, thanks for the info but you have confused pitch with width, when you change from a 525 or 530 to 520 you don't change pitch it stays the same since pitch is the distance between pins, what you change is the width of the chain and sprockets effectively reducing the rotational mass of the system, that is why racers prefer 520's but they will also wear out faster. As always there is a trade off.Cheers!

  17. Sorry about asking a question on an older video! I have a 2011 r1 and want more acceleration,will going up two on the rear screw up my wheel base,or not an issue with a new chain? Currently stock gearing is 17-47! PS I’m also in Michigan and STG has always been spot on with my orders🙏

  18. I have a 250cc adventure bike with a 530 chain 13 tooth in front 51 tooth in rear…my hwy speed is too slow typically MPH I want more speed on longer rides…Other then a bigger big, what sprocket swap would you do to pick up the speed a bit more?

  19. Divide the front tooth by the rear tooth and get the ratio. 👍🏼
    On my 13 R1 stock is 17f 47r. 0.361 i wanted a little more acceleration but not hurting the top speed too much. A 17f 49r (+2r) is 0.347. Little too much for me. So in trying to save some rotating weight i went 16f 45r (-1, -2) 0.356 which is a hair closer to stock than a 17f 48r (+1r) 0.354 also went with a vortex front and rear steel sprocket and rk 520 chain.

  20. I got a 1999 GSXR 750 S RAD. I put on a new chain and sprocket actually mymechanics did. Can I take that chain and sprocket that's bearly used and put it on 2008 GSXR 600

  21. can someone hrlp me??? i have honda stunner cbf125 carb model. front sprocket is 14t. but i want to replace it with 16t. not present in india. so i ordered it via china, the product came but the internal diameter is not matching with the original. Can someone tell me the specs of 16t for honda stunner???. +919039888932 is whatsapp, [email protected] is mail id.

  22. Another very informative video. Awesome stuff, you guys. I have a question: if you leave the front sprocket with the stock teeth (16) and change the rear (45) with a larger 47 teeth, will this not stress the chain on bikes that don't have much slack from the factory, say a Yamaha MT-09 which has 110 number of links? Is it a good idea to increase the number of links to say 112 or 114 along with the sprocket changes mentioned above?

  23. Just ordered a better quality kit for my 600 ninja. Glad I got it right 1 down, 2 up and 520 pitch😀. Now need a speedo healer

  24. I have 2010 yamaha r6 , can u tell me the advantages and disadvantages and what u think my top speed will be installing -1 front and +3 back , will this go up smoother in 2nd gear also?

  25. Forgive my ignorance but, isn't the speedometer cable attached to the front wheel?
    If so, why would any change of transmission ratio affect the speedometer measurement at all, or is my aforementioned assumption wrong?

  26. ive had a hard time finding good stock sprockets for a 530. I had to go to a 520. For my 06 gsxr 1000. I only use supersprox now though.

  27. most bike speedometers are hooked to the front wheel right how the hell does it interfere with the speedometer explain if the front wheel is turning the exact same with or without that sprocket how does it change speedometer

  28. how about landing on Willie after your front tire stop spinning almost like Landing a jet and scarier than hell what you know about that

  29. or how about Deathwish buying a Harley with death wobble do you know about American muscle that boy at 5:30 Harley-Davidson chain all day long older Harley-Davidson but people still substitute that rubber band for a chain and if you've got a Buell 530 chain all day I bet you consider these scooters as well

  30. and by the time I was ten I could rebuild my own motor completely I couldn't afford a technician so I taught myself I could build a car from 1932 2 2000 2016 there's nothing I don't know about the automobile

  31. I could keep up with you all day turning wrenches and breaking them to I go through no matter what brand it is 1 3/8 ratchet a month no matter it being Snap-on Mac because I turn wrenches

  32. I've only done a little bit to it pipe cams carb just got a Primo 6-speed tranny hits a hundred and third gear pretty good for a scooter huh

  33. Can you give me a recommendation on a z125 pro that has the following:
    Hindle exhaust, chimira intake w/ sprint filter, kitaco cam & piston. Im trying 15 f 28 r right now

  34. Hello i have a 2011 zx10r , no cat , no electronic ,only a K&N filter and NGK iridium.
    I have 525 chain , 17 front and 39 on the rear.. it´s a all day motorcycle .
    it´s to slow bike on low gear , what is the recommendation sprocket?


  35. Brian Van you are the Man! I’m building a track 750 and trying to guess front rear sprockets for a alloy 520 kit while going from a 55 to a 60 profile rear is doing my head in. Dropping one tooth on the front using stock 525 chain and rear sprocket costs stuff all and takes the guess work out of it.

  36. my Vmax didn't have a chain. never had power issue. now my zooma 33 eats chains, and sprockets about everyday it seems. looking to make a doubble sprocket, and double chain??

  37. "If you want your 1000cc sports bike to accelerate faster" … because 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds just isn't enough …. lol 😁😁

  38. Hello,
    Could you give me a recommendation for a cbr600rr 2007. Currently fitted with 16/41 525 chain. What is the difference with 15/41 or 15/43 ?
    What would be the best suitable ?
    Thanks in advance

  39. So I ordered this kit and in the rear sprocket option it says "black Steel" but when it came in it says on the package that it's "alloy" if I knew it was going to be alloy I would have ordered the blue alloy one.. I was thinking function>form but owell still happy I changed the gearing anyways.

  40. I dont need a speedo healer….i get stoked seeing my crf250 pull 180kph and its still got all the oily bits inside the crankcases

  41. What’s up with the speedo? You are just messing up with the gear ratio, and chain lengh …acceleration and top speed. But the speedo sensor is in the front wheel , so…?

  42. Well i cant put aluminum on my bike cause it gone rip it up.i can only use 530 steel which is better

  43. Hello I have a 2008 Honda CBR 1000RR. In the video you said you will start 2 up in the rear. Stock on cbr is 42 on the rear so go up to 44? Leave the front alone? Thanks, just making sure before I place a order.

  44. Hi, I have a 2008 Yamaha MT03 which will start stalling as soon as I lower my rpm on the 4th or 5th gear. What would be the right sprocket change to get rid of this nuisance ? Should I gear up or gear down ? change front or rear sprocket ? and by how much teeth ? Thanks

  45. Yeah don't to up in rear gear with a 900 or 1000 street fighter. They are most all geared low compared to a super sport and it will make it way to short of gearing for daily riding especially on hwy. Also they are tuned for more tq so that plays a factor. Most times you'll want to go up one in front gear or down one or two in rear gear with street fighters like fz9, z1000, z900 etc.

  46. Hi Van, if there is a sprocket kit with aluminum inner and steel outler rims, will it have good longevity or do you recommend full steel sprocket. Thanks

  47. i wonder if this guy is even paying attention to his page, I can tell he's a busy individual. Anyway here it goes, a lighter chain on a bike, does that mean its less rotational mass and spinning weight, so does that make the bike faster all around or just on top end?

  48. I am not trying to be sarcastic. Having driven / rode – bikes for years. I wanted to enulate a 1968 Triumph Tiger or a 750 Bonney.
    So I bought my dream bike – a Kawa 750 twin, just like the Bonnie. I spent months on a Java speed online CalC. I dropped from 45 to 30 or 32. But what I looked for was the 4000 rpm drop, at highway speeds. Top end = was a ridiculous # , I always proved it with #'s

  49. I have a 07 zx10r and i want a stock chain kit on my bike. Im looking at your website and i need a 525 17tooth front and 40t rear but i dont see 108 links like i have on my bike on ur site. I only see 520 kits

  50. Maybe I missed it, 2012 GSXR 1K adding two teeth in the rear. Obviously max performance for any mod you need a power commander or some type of engine management system. If exhaust and chain is all the bike has should I get a power Commander. I see now the answer just want some professional thoughts from the experts. Thank you for your time !!!

  51. @STG I have a few questions brotha one being , that my bike currently has a Driven Chain Sprocket , as of recently I feel that the chain is done…. it slaps around in 1st and sometimes 2nd Gear , my question is this the sprocket itself looks fine but I’m not sure how that front On is looking as it feels like the slippage and slapping is right under that cover , any how local mom and pop shop says I have to change everything with each chain change , is this particularly true with each change or just when chain AND sprocket are toast ?

  52. I have a 2003 Suzuki gsxr 600. What sprocket do I need to be able to make the bike wheelie? Do you sell the sprocket?

  53. I have a 2007 cbr600rr. I am learning on a go kart track. I would like to go from a 16 front to a 14 and 42 rear to 48. I am getting out pulled out of corners bad. My bike has very strong engine braking (too strong for such low speeds) will this make it worse.

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