Originally Posted by Creative Engineering
There is not even the slightest chance that a tooth reduction from 44 to 36 on your rear sprocket is causing this problem.
When it comes to mechanical things, coincidence can be frustrating...but coincidence this is.
Look further, grasshopper!
I'll respectfully disagree...
If the engine can rev up high enough to get "on the power curve" he would suffer a lower top speed than with the 44T.
I have ridden several motorcycles that would go faster in 4th than they would in 5th gear.