Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Piedmont, NC
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cford, many have changed to a 15t front, but this does affect city riding. Usually, many report that the CeeBee doesn't have the balls to really pull any harder with a gear change at the top end, and many say their top speed is actually reduced by changing the gearing. Thinking in an extreme case but applicable, severely reducing the final drive would allow you to theoretically do 60MPH at 4kRPM, but the bike doesn't put out enough HP at those revs to hold that speed. So reducing higher speed RPM doesn't mean you can go faster necessarily.
It may sound/feel like you're ringing its little neck, but trust me, it's built for it and loves it. I contemplated changing gearing, but stayed with the factory gears for several reasons, and not wanting to fool with a speedo healer. Honda knew what they were doing when the paired the gearing combo with the engine characteristics for daily riders.
Tis better to be thought a fool and remain silent, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.