Just got back from a test ride after fitting a 19 front sprocket, and whilst doing it i thought may as well do the change to race shift as my other bike has been race shift for years. After doing about a thousand miles i sometimes still have to think which way to go.
It feels very nice to be back to what comes naturally, and it makes the gear change and gearbox work easier (for me) just a much more positive change.
I have loads of aprilia spares and found a falco left hand side rearset assembly, so cut its linkage to length, ran an M6 die down the r/h thread end, screwed it all together installed it and spent 10 minutes to set up the length and lever height but in all took 20-25 mins from start to finish
When cutting the linkage to its new length be sure to leave the l/h thread and cut the r/h thread end.
As for the 19 sprocket, the jury is out. But straight away my first impression is it makes the bike ALOT more civilised in town and general cruising about, it still has loads and loads of grunt from 2 thousand revs and pulls hard all the way through in 1st few gears so its still really flexible. It has lost a tiny bit of its venom but for this style of bike i think it suits it better. Someone has summed it up perfectly on an old thread on the 19, it makes the whole mechanical feel of the bike smoother because to me....with an 18 on at steady revs i could feel the backlash fluctuating make the bike feel like it surged everso slightly, not what i was expecting when i bought the triumph. I always imagined they wete smooth as silk, they sound it when passing you as a pedestrian, the 19 makes it feel like i expected!
Overtaking.........yep no doubt it will still roll on overtake but you need more room, but if you anticipate the window and get the revs up to say 4 or 5 thousand it takes off very eagerly infact i think it gains speed faster than before.
Oh yeah did about 5 miles on the motorway and its deceiving!!! It does 80 at about 4800 ish maybe less, whereas before it did 80 at 5000 but because it is actually doing 80 now, and before its was actually doing 74 ish. I forgot to cruise at 74 ish and note the rpm.
So my first impressions of the 19 are very good, i find it another very good mod to the tiger.
So as the heading suggests, can this bike get any better? It has staggered me how each little thing adds up to morph this brilliant standard bike into a truely epic machine. There is one more thing i can think of and thats get the forks sorted!
It is sporting the following......ohlins shock, piperx filter, snorkel opened up, arrow race, indys tune and after today 19 front and upside down shift linkage
I love this bike