Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Milwaukee
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Going with a 16T will lift the chain up slightly - keeping it a little farther off the swing arm. The 44T will lower the chain a bit, causing a little more rubbing on the swing arm.
Also, with the 16T, its easy to tell if it's in 6th gear - when I'm riding, if its at 4,000 rpm at 55 mph, or 5,000 rpm at 70 mph, then I know its in 6th and I don't have to try the gear shift lever (again). The round numbers are easy for me to remember.