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Old 05-06-2007, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 95 vlx and I was wondering if anyone out there knows why honda has never put a 5th gear on the vlx ? I love the bike but 5th gear sure would be great .
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To me it seems as if it has a fifth gear, it's called forth.
It's like first feels too tall like it could be second. Honda should have had a shorter first and adjusted the sizes of others and added a fifth.
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Because it really wouldn't do anything for you....

Just because you add another gear doesn't mean you'll drop RPM.

When Honda set out to design the VLX, they determined how much
power they wanted in a given RPM range.
They also determined what would be the most efficient
engine speed to road speed for the best MPG.

With that, they determine what the final drive gear should be
AND the over all over-drive gear.
A wide ratio 4 speed is cheaper to manufacture.
If they would have designed a 5 speed for it, it would be the
same final drive as the 4 speed, just the 5 speed would be
a closer ratio between gears.

As a matter of fact, in some of the European and mainly Asian markets,
the VLX/VLS come with 5 speeds. And the final drive and over-drive
are identical to the North American market 4 speeds.
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Thanks for the information.I was thinking about a smaller rear sprocket ,but after your explaination i will rethink it ,and maybe just lose a couple of teeth on it ,and keep it closer to the stock gear ratio.those guys at honda have thought about that longer than i have .

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Thanks for the information.I was thinking about a smaller rear sprocket ,but after your explaination i will rethink it ,and maybe just lose a couple of teeth on it ,and keep it closer to the stock gear ratio.those guys at honda have thought about that longer than i have .

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Several people gave gone to a 41 tooth rear sprocket and have said
it dropped the engine RPM to keep it from being so buzzy.

It does kill some of the acceration on the low end, but some
of the people say that it was hardly noticable.
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I have purchased and not yet installed the 41 tooth on my VLX. I am fairly certain I will do it before June as that will be my first run. When I do I will post a topic about the conversion, the ride pre and post conversion, and an overall idea if it was right for me or not.

My question would be if I need to remove an links going from the 44 to the 41, or do I have enough play in the adjustments? I am guessing this would vary from bike to bike though and I won't know until I get it off and get the new sprocket on.
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I went from a stock 44 to a 40 and now gonna try a 38. You will have to take out a link or two. I would love to have a 5 speed with a lower first gear. Then I could make the final what I want and not have a long first gear.
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I went from a stock 44 to a 40 and now gonna try a 38. You will have to take out a link or two. I would love to have a 5 speed with a lower first gear. Then I could make the final what I want and not have a long first gear.
I'm hip, I'd like that extra gear also to get a closer ratio shift and a shorter first. Oh well since it's not going to happen I'll live with what I have cause it's still fun.
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