V4R front and rear sprockets size for race use

Overshot

New member
Hello everyone,

I will be racing my V4R this year, and I can't find any reliable info on which front and rear sprockets I should run.

Someone told me I should run 15 teeth on the front and 44, 45 and 46 on the rear. But I can't find the bigger rear sprockets on the market, they usually end at 43 teeth.
I also heard 14 on the front with 39 to 43 on the rear. But someone told me the bike wouldn't run properly with the 14 teeth sprocket.

What do you guys use on your V4R for competitions ?

Thanks in advance for the info !
 

BMW Alpina

FOUNDING Member & Administrator
Staff member
Hello @Overshot

I think I have the solutions for you for the the larger rear sprockets that at the same time will make it easy for you to test which combination is the right one for your riding style and for that track.

Sitta sell a Quick Change Racing Kit that come with all the lager rear sprockets you mention above.
They even offer it in the 525 chain and 520 chain:

Below is the link to one of the store that sell this kit, but its best to buy from WRS in Italy because they provide the best price last time I bought my kit. It just somehow I cannot find the link to the WRS store showing this exact item and I am in a rush to go to a meeting now..

THE RACING KIT 525 - SITTA - DUCATI PANIGALE 1199 - 1299 - V4 - SKD10425
THE RACING KIT CONVERSION 520 - SITTA - DUCATI PANIGALE 1199 - 1299 - V4 - SKD104

However, based on the huge horsepower that our Panigale V4 engine produce, I would not recommend you to use the 14 front sprocket because it will put a lot of strain to the chain and sprocket since it have less tooth engaged at any given time.
It's best to have a few teeth larger rear sprocket to get the same effect.

Unfortunately, I am not racing my bike or even riding my bike, but most of the people in this forum or other forum is not really a pro racer anyway, so their advice on the sprocket size will VARY widely depend on their skill and the track they are comfortable with.
However, buying the kit below will allow you to quickly change your rear sprocket and test it to your liking (make sure you cut the chain to the right length which will allow adjustment of the eccentric hub without replacing the chain).
Only you and your own testing can get the right gear setup for you. Having said that, you can start small by increasing the rear sprocket 1 or 2 sizes larger than your current V4R stock sizes (I forgot the stock V4R sprocket stock sized and I really in a hurry now so I don;t have time to check).
We can talk later tonight,.. just please note that my point of view is based only from engineering point of view and what I will do if I am in your position to find the best solution for my application. Talk to you later.

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Overshot

New member
Hey ! Thanks for the detailed answers !

I'll definitely take a look at Sitta and WRS. I think it should be the solution.

The stock V4R sprockets are 15/42, but I'm currently running 14/42. I think I'll go for 14-41/42/43 as I can't find the 45 and 46 rear sprocket unfortunately.

Also I don't think the V4R is on gearing-commander.com, I can only see the S model which has different gearing and a different rev limiter :/

Thanks guys !
 

Bruce Wayne

Active member
Hey ! Thanks for the detailed answers !

I'll definitely take a look at Sitta and WRS. I think it should be the solution.

The stock V4R sprockets are 15/42, but I'm currently running 14/42. I think I'll go for 14-41/42/43 as I can't find the 45 and 46 rear sprocket unfortunately.

Also I don't think the V4R is on gearing-commander.com, I can only see the S model which has different gearing and a different rev limiter :/

Thanks guys !
Internal gear ratios are the same and you can set the max RPM in the parameters.
 

BMW Alpina

FOUNDING Member & Administrator
Staff member
Hey ! Thanks for the detailed answers !

I'll definitely take a look at Sitta and WRS. I think it should be the solution.

The stock V4R sprockets are 15/42, but I'm currently running 14/42. I think I'll go for 14-41/42/43 as I can't find the 45 and 46 rear sprocket unfortunately.

Also I don't think the V4R is on gearing-commander.com, I can only see the S model which has different gearing and a different rev limiter :/

Thanks guys !
Hello Overshot,

Sitta also made a regular (NON Quick Change) sprocket for our Panigale V4 (including R), in BOTH 525 chain and 520 chain.
If you go to this WRS webpage: 206D SITTA ERGAL REAR SPROCKET DUCATI PANIGALE V4 / R

You can select on their selection either 525 or 520 and then select the gearing. They offer 44 and 47 for both 520 and 525 chain...
but hmmm you are right, for some reason they don't offer 45 and 46 which is weird but hopefully 44 and 47 is close to what you prefer.

Please kindly don't forget to share your modification by creating your own BUILD Thread in the Panigale V4 BUILD Section so we all can learn from your journey to create the ideal V4R track machine for you šŸ˜ƒ : DUCATI PANIGALE V4 modified "BUILD" threads
 
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