530 is the size of the chain, 530 is what Honda used from the factory. A 520 chain is slightly smaller in size, and eliminates weight, a common mod, especially on track/race bikes. Anytime you eliminate weight, especially on an item that rotates, is a good thing. -1, +2 is a common gear change. You change the front sprocket, which is 16 tooth, to a 15, and the rear stock is 40 tooth, which many change to a 42, some to a 41. It really brings the bike to life, especially in the lower gears. It does make the motor turn more rpms, so your mileage may drop. If you do a gear change, you should change any sprocket, or both, and the chain at the same time, unless there isn't many miles on them. LDH on here, has a good deal on the whole kit for both sprockets and the chain. He only sells quality stuff. I think your first mod should be a Powercommander (or PC) it will help your bike breath better, it really does make a noticeable improvement.
I did not install any frame sliders, I just wanted to keep the bodywork clean, most people do install them though. You might want to keep your bike stock, it's plenty quick enough, has about 120ish HP.
Still looking for a pic!
You're a wealth of knowledge RAZR! I went for a good spirited run today, packed full of twists, sweepers, and decent straights. I've come to the conclusion: I rode my 05 Ninja 636 way better as far as technicality goes. the Kawi's chassis was more "forgiving" and allowed me to ride harder. My RC' is an interesting beast. It is stable in turns, but I feel like I have to muscle it a little more, and I love the howl of the engine when I blip it before going into turns and the sound when I crack the throttle when I'm coming out of the turns! The Kawi spoiled me with the slipper clutch, but I got to a chance to re-learn how to control rear wheel slides when I blipped into high revs before entering my corners!
This bike DEFINITELY makes me work harder and I really enjoy it! I feel that in time, it will make me develop better riding skills. If you get time RAZR, check out my photo album under my profile. I have some pics up.
I am going to take your advise: get the PC, should it be the PCIII? and do you have a recommended website to get a PC? Also, may I run the PC without doing the PAIR mod? I kept looking and reading the de-install and I don't want to screw anything up!
I won't mess with the gearing, I like the power band, it's strong but not brutal, and the bike feels so smooth on the power delivery. I do think I should get my suspension tuned to my body weight, it feels a bit stiff while it soaks up bumps while I'm in the turns. I have a lot to learn about this bike, but every day on it, is a new lesson in riding! Here are a few pics of my stock RC', I read throughout the forum and looked at what you seasoned RC' guys call "Modified". Mine is nowhere near that level of what you guys qualify a modified RC'!LOL Thanks for everything RAZR!