Anybody ever heard of a swappable gearbox for this bike? I've seen just a couple in my time, but I'd really love to swap out for some taller gears. By the time I get to 40 I'm already in 5th. At least when I'm riding easy for gas savings. An overdrive gear would be awesome.
A 6 speed trans and 6th shouldn't kick in till 55.
Actually, I'd really like it if it were more like;
First 0 to 20 Second 15 to 40 Third 35 to 60 Fourth 55 to 70 Fifth 65 to 90 Sixth 85 to Top End OR Sixth Overdrive.
As it is, I can cruise 35 in 5th gear. Too limited. Eats fuel like crazy. Although, I have been getting 5/6mph better since I put the fairing on.
If you think everything is going your way, you obviously don't own a Chinese bike.
Go one tooth up on the count gear and 2 or 3 teeth down on the rear sprocket,,,, that will cure your gearing woes,,, you'll lose almost nothing for quickness but gain on top,,,for a trans change you have to split the cases,,, major drag,,,, and trans ain't cheap ,,, sprockets are,,,,, you can get a 525 DID chain and JT tool steel sprocket set for $100-130 ,,, easy change too ,,, if you can't change the chain and sprockets in two hours you're fired,,, and that's having lunch included
THe reason they ( honda or whoever makes) put short gears on these bikes is they want to give the impression of big power and quickness ,,, "the rush" of explosive acceleration is a big selling point,,,plus limits top speed,,, with the correct gearing the nighthawk should easily cruise at 75-80 without breathing hard
Gearing is very important,,, I was a contributor to a land speed record setting sportster (1000cc) stock no engine mods except straight pipes and carb intake effort and the guys actually set the record,,,, 143.79 mph,,, no fairing or streamlining of any kind,,,, gears were a huge part of that effort,,,
you put a new chain on correct?,,,just go down two teeth on the rear sprocket,,,,ride it for a while if it's still not tall enough go up one in the front,,,both are easy peasy changes,,dont go all weird on me,,,my wife can do it and she doesn't know a hammer from a glass of water