I just put a 16T front sprocket on my bike, first gear is a little steeper. But highway riding is wonderful now, I can wind each gear out just a little further, and actually feel like I have a presence on the highway. I have to disagree on highway riding eating up chains and tires, if anything stop and go, constant acceleration and braking is where the majority of your wear comes from, not taking into account lack of maintenance. I've had the same D.I.D. X-ring chain for over 3 years and its taken an absolute beating, with 50+ mile trips at 70 MPH, heavy engine braking at The Gap and track days, to mud that acts like concrete. Never experienced any unusual wear after anyone of those situations. Now obviously a 50/50 dual sport tire will wear faster than a 100% street tire, and a cheap standard chain will wear out faster than a brand name X or O ring chain, but thats a different discussion.