The throttle is so responsive (almost too responsive) it can be a little tricky on technical trails. I agree first gear is a little short, but i think necessary for technical trails. I have ridden 450rs and it can get tiring working the clutch and throttle all day.
This is where that 13 tooth front sprocket will really help.
BTW I strpiied-out the phillips head screw that holds down the rear filter bracket. The fix? I used a dremmel cutting tool to cut a flathead slot on the screw. After that I got it out easy!Took me about an hour of power washing to get it clean. The air filter is a pain in the a** to remove by the way.
Thanks for the review!