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Lucky me, I'm the first one who gets to shape your opinions.

Depends on your type of riding. I like doing wheelies, lane splitting at stop lights here in CA, etc. It really helps getting off the line having the bike geared lower. Also, most speed limits on local freeways are 65mph. You get out of town a bit and you get 75mph limits. Regardless, I'm at 56XX RPM in 6th at 70mph with my 16/43 combo.

I can't speak as to just having the 43, but I did start with just the 16 up front and it make a significant difference in reducing the amount I had to slip the clutch from a dead stop, but really wasn't as noticeable as I was expecting as far as the acceleration goes. As far as 3rd gear clutch ups go, they can be done with more ease by adding the 43T to the rear combined with the 16t front. You can do them with the 16t only, but requires more RPM and more blipping of the throttle in order to get it lifted. When I added the 43T rear, I also wasn't blown away, in fact, I struggled to tell the difference. Maybe it's because our bikes have much more power than we typically use, so unless you're twisting your throttle to the stop all the time, it's hard to say what difference it's made. But again, it certainly makes wheelies much easier in 3rd. No body english required. I'm sure I could lift it in 4th at 100+ but there's no reason to do that. Actually 3rd gear wheelies are a little sketchy on the roads around here since it's so bumpy.

I also like the fact that 6k rpm happens to be about where the bike starts making good power. At sane freeway speeds going 75mph, you're right about where you want to be with regards to the powerband of the engine. With OEM gearing, you roll-on and wait for too long to get in the power, necessitating a quick double click on the shifter to get into fourth to make things happen a bit more quickly. That is one reason why I like the 16/43 combo, but other than that...if I had it to do over again, I may just do either a +2 rear or -1 front. Not sure really. Whatever. It's all good. Stock gearing contrary to many recent threads on here, is really only good for top speed and racing at speeds over 100+. Other than that, your bike will bee more street friendly with a gear change.

Sprockets are cheap. Get steel ones. Get 525 size and you're looking at $60 total for both sprockets. Make sure you have an air gun to remove the front sprocket though. It is an absolute nightmare without it!!!!
 

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depends on what you looking for...by changing the sprockets you can change the way your bike responds you can add more power down low by going down a tooth or so in the front and going higher in the rear...as this will increase your bottom end it will significantly decrease your acceleration and top end....DEPENDS IN WHAT YOU LIKE DOING

heres a thread i started a while back!
http://www.zx-10r.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79167
 

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basically what I'm trying to accomplish is that when I get down to 4th gear on a curve at low speed the bike takes too much time to get on the sweet spot, therefore, either 43 rear or 16/43 should solve the problem, I do not really care for top end.
 

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basically what I'm trying to accomplish is that when I get down to 4th gear on a curve at low speed the bike takes too much time to get on the sweet spot, therefore, either 43 rear or 16/43 should solve the problem, I do not really care for top end.
have you tried a quick down shift....its not good to bog down your bike :)
 

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Hey man welcome to the site, but before a mod says something....Use the search button, heck the man above me had a 15+ page thread on sprockets...SEARCH BUTTON...

Gearing is all about what your doing with the bike...You gain some and loose some...

but either go with 16/42 or 17/44 or 15/41...All will jump your rpms higher but you will top out no higher then 160-165mph on gps...
 
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