Phil Nicoletti on KTM, SX Gear Ratios, & Sexton’s Crashes


Final Saturday I used to be watching Race Day Dwell from the Phoenix Supercross with Dan Hubbard and Justin Brayton.  As Jett Lawrence was going via the whoops throughout qualifying, Justin talked about that Jett would most likely upshift to fourth or fifth gear going via the whoops.  Since I additionally trip a 250F, I believed if I have been trying to undergo a set of whoops in fifth gear on my bike, I’d be going nicely over 60 mph! My query is, how totally different is the gearing setup on a supercross bike with inner gearbox and exterior sprocket combos in comparison with an out of doors nationwide setup and versus a motorbike off the showroom flooring with inventory gearing (like mine)? Thanks!

P.S. I additionally loved the highlight section on the present with you and Enzo [Lopes] and relationship his sister.  Humorous how Enzo was already calling you his brother-in-law…

-Papa Whealie

Nicely, each gear field is just a little totally different from every producer at inventory kind. However the gearing total gearing is perhaps only one tooth totally different, let’s say, from indoor and out. However at a manufacturing facility stage, the first gears contained in the gearbox get modified greater than the precise sprocket, as a result of they don’t wish to mess with the chassis size an excessive amount of. So, let’s say you run a 13:51. You may change the first gear to equal 13:52 or a 13:50 inside motive. It’s a badass software to have as a result of chassis size is part of your arrange. Particularly in the event you trip that very same chassis size week after week. Then unexpectedly you make it 5-8 millimeters longer/shorter. That makes an enormous distinction on how the bike handles imagine it or not. It’s a extremely badass software to have. These transmission elements come from the manufacturing facility in Japan. At JGR we had them on Yamaha and Suzuki, in addition to once I rode for Husky. At Membership we aren’t “manufacturing facility”, so we don’t get that luxurious. However hopefully quickly, that may change. Again at JGR after they have been on the Suzuki, I ran an extended second gear. Suzuki has a extremely brief second gear. So having an extended one made life SO MUCH EASIER.

Now, to reply your query about Jett hitting the whoops in fourth or fifth. Most everybody within the 250 class within the high 10 hits the whoops in fourth. It’s virtually unimaginable to do fifth.