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The Woodman:
Run a search on the same topic, you'll be greeted with dozens of threads; if you don't find what your looking for - I'm certain additional response will follow. (In fact I just replied on this topic elsewhere).

Thanks!
 

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yea it is a very very hot topic depends on what you use the bike for mostly
 

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I use the bike to take out all frustrations that life throws my way:eek:
But on the serious note I ride hard. On the street and track. I never use it to get from point A to point B, its just for fun not transportation
 

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Both good AND bad! If you're at the point where you need as many advantages as you can get while competing or hard riding (street or track), then a 520 conversion can be a good thing.
However, if you're too lazy to perform regular chain maintanence, then the 520 conversion, on any bike (especially a liter bike) can be a bad thing.

I did the 520 conversion w/ altered gearing, and I can honestly say that FOR ME, 520 or 530 won't make much of a difference given my style of riding. (I ride pretty hard, but not hard enough to where a different sized chain and sprockets will make a difference)

just my .02

different sprockets may be all you need.....
 

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I heard the 520 conversion eats up sprockets super fast is this true?
I got like 17,000 miles on my 01 and the stock chain and sprockets still look pretty good. The chain is starting to stretch a bit but that is all
 

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The Woodman said:
I heard the 520 conversion eats up sprockets super fast is this true?
I got like 17,000 miles on my 01 and the stock chain and sprockets still look pretty good. The chain is starting to stretch a bit but that is all
again, this all depends on regular chain maintenance. Of course the 520 wont' last as long on your R1 like a 530 would, but if the chain is adjusted and lubed properly, it'll hold up for a good number of miles.
Just be sure to get a top quality chain and sprockets. I'd recommend D.I.D. or RK.

From what I've heard thus far, a 520 conversion on the '04 R1 is a definite NO NO :no (too many horsies :D)
 

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That new R1 sure is sick I bet. Cant wait to ride 1. I have screwed up my credit since I bought my 01 with medical bills so I cant buy the new 04 but I am sure some of my spoiled rich friends will get one soon enough. I just had a thought, with as much HP as the 04 has it is sure gonna eat up tires fast. I can hardly get 1000 to 1500 miles out of a rear on my 01. And thats with no burnouts!!
 

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My experience was very positive, the difference was like night & day, performance wise.

But here's the catch . . . I did it in conjunction with a wheel swap. I upgraded my rims to Marchesini Forged 10 spokes, and therefore had to go with a 520 sprocket (I also changed gearing).

So between the two upgrades, there was a vast improvement :thumbup
 

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I had 13k on my 520 with -1 +2 before I totaled the bike. Chain and sprockets had very little wear. DID chain and Sprocket Specialist sprockets. But I do track, comuting and touring with mine.
 

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GXRKLR said:
I had 13k on my 520 with -1 +2 before I totaled the bike. Chain and sprockets had very little wear. DID chain and Sprocket Specialist sprockets. But I do track, comuting and touring with mine.
I agree, this is the 2nd. bike I've used a DID 520ERV2 chain & sprockets on, and I've had similier results (+24K of hard use between 2 bikes) :yesnod

I've also had very good luck with the Sprocket Specialists Ultralights. I've since switched to AFAM alloy on my Marchesini's (due to availability) and have had similier results with them :yesnod

Preventative maintenance is the key factor in (chain/sprocket) longivety :thumbup
 
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