That is exactly my concern,KarlJay...I do have a PC III but do not wish to lose the acceleration low down torque to a noticeable degree, for I use the bike mainly as an aggressive urban brawler. Still, seem to find a fair few who like the 17/44. And from what i understand 16/43 is stock...+1 on the front adds to top end from bottom end, with the +1 at the rear tempering this effect by operating in the other way - less top end, more low end.
Also seems that the 17/44 is more accurate on the speedo? Less so on the odometer?
I have no idea about the speedo, I haven't tested it, but I have heard that it's not exact. Personally, I don't really care if the speedo is off a bit.
The 17/44 reduces torque by some 3.8% from stock.
The 16/44 increases torque by some 2.3% from stock.
This may sound funny, but I felt the 3.8%. I've ridden over 10,000 miles this season alone. I haven't driven a car in maybe 5 years. Maybe it's the 100+ deg weather that kills the engine performance. I know when it cools down at night, I can really feel a difference in the performance.
I was lifting tires on pure torque ALL the time with stock gears. Now, that just doesn't happen. I didn't even realize I was lifting the tire until I didn't feel some bumps on and then landed during a turn
I don't really do much over 100 MPH, so I really don't need all the top end. It just really seems like I was working the engine to do what it used to do so effortlessly before.
It's like a big block muscle car/truck that just pulls like crazy with so little effort. Now it seem like some of the wind is out of the sails. Even thou the math says 3.8%, I can really feel it.
Passing cars is a pretty big deal, when I really need some punch, I now have to go wide open and wait for the RPMS to catch up. I'm not kidding. Before it was like the bike was superman and would do this with so little effort. I don't understand how 3.8% can make that much difference, but it did.
It's only about $20ish to get a new front sprocket and takes maybe an hour to change it out. I'll get the 16 matched to the 44 and see how that works, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it.