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I've seen people post of the benefits of going one tooth higher on the small sprocket (which gives the bikes more legs, less gear changes, more relaxed motorway and they claim that it calms down the leap off a closed throttle that every reviewer notes).

I've also seen at least one person post that going the other way, to lower gearing, one tooth, is a perfect solution: removal of the jumpy nature in 1st gear was also a claimed victory.

stock, it is a low geared bike. even urban you change 1st, 2nd, 3rd from light to light. So giving it longer legs makes sense.

But I'm trying to see how going the other way, a tad lower in gear, would improve the throttle touchy. Can both be an improvement? (ignoring cruise RPM advantages of taller gears).
 

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I found the gearing to be short and that I was constantly looking for another gear even when in 6th.
So I changed the rear 46 tooth sprocket for a gold renthal 44 tooth and whilst at it installed a blingy gold chain, it's a mod that's been done by other members which seems to have smoothed things out.
Personally there's no way that I'd replace the 15 tooth sprocket with a 16 tooth as there's very little space behind the chain/sprocket if things go wrong.

Just my 2cents.

Geoff.
 

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I went to a 44 tooth rear as well and find I'm no longer looking for a 7th gear :adoration:
In my opinion it is the low standard gearing that makes the throttle, for some riders, hard to deal with at low speeds. It is because of the low gearing that the bike reacts very quickly to small throttle increments. So lowering the gearing will make throttle action seem even worse.
 

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Also opted for rear 44T on my classic and straightway really liked this set up. All a bit subjective as I suspect if Ducati used a 44T as standard then there would be several owners looking to put on a 46T! Anyway, I now have both and are easy to fit.

There is some improvement with low speed throttle issues but have grown used to the bike now so do not think about it anymore. I think the route cause for the throttle problems is with the factory set mapping delivering a too lean fuel mixture at low revs so, altering gearing or throttle tamers is no real fix for this problem.
 

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I have had the Termi Sportline exhaust with it's upmap from new. I suspect this may address some of the leanness experienced by others as I have no problems with small throttle openings.
 

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Hello

The stock gearing is fairly short for a 800cc bicylinder engine, eg. 15*46 when an ST2 has got 15*42.

If you choose a longer gearing, by removing 2 teeths on the rear sprocket, you'll get a bike with lower revs values on high speeds but it will be less easy to use in low speeds.

If you choose a shorter one, your bike will be easier to use at low revs, but on high speed, the motor will be in high revs value.

In both cases, this may have consequences on the fuel cunsomption, as we all know that a bike uses less fuel when it's used in the maximum torque zone in terms of engine revs.
 
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