yes, that's the only reason why I upped my front......much better on highway. It doesn't crave for another gear so much.Gearing it taller won't necessarily give you more top end speed. It depends on horsepower and aerodynamics, which determine if the bike can pull redline in top gear with any given sprocket combination. Taller gearing can make the highway a more pleasant place, though.
Power increased by the cube too. 2x the speed is 4x the drag and requires 8x the HP.Air resistance increases the faster you travel through it. Bernoulli states (somewhat condensed) that drag increases by the square of velocity.
Therefore to increase speed more power is required. or more streamlining (reducing the resistance to moving through the air)
Taurus/15Hp to maintain 55mph....Acceleration is another story. Back then, the Taurus came with either a 2.5L 4 Cyl. at 88HP, or a 3.0L at 140 HP. I had the 2.5L (company car). You drove that with the gas pedal floored all the time....The V6 (had a later Sable with it) was adequate.A ton? 2,000 mph? That'd have to be really aerodynamic, lol.
BtW, nice explanation of HP vs. top speed. Years ago I read specs like that but with no explanation and I didn't understand why vehicles needed so much horsepower if those small amounts were enough to do the (then) maximum legal speed limit. But thinking about it now... That Taurus might only require 15HP to maintain 55mph, but probably takes much more to actually reach it in a reasonable amount of time/distance (say, the length of the onramp leading to that 55mph highway, lol?).