Bought leftover 01 BRP in Feb and finally went for my first real ride. Most of the ice finally gone from woods in Massachusetts. Weather and wife finally cooperated. Bike: uncorked, uni, racing tip. Suspension STOCK! Haven't even set sag!!! Rider: former A enduro rider(8-10 yrs ago on KTM300EXC), now 40lb heavier, out of condition, soft girly hands, packing a 250lb load and a surly disposition. Impression: Great power, but you all know that. I can imagine you guys out west roaming the open deserts wanting to mess with cams and considering such nonsence as cutting holes in your side panels for more juice. Bottom and mid are incredible, but I can envision it pulling stronger for longer up top under load in sand. For the tight, rock and root infested, bark busting eastern conditions, this thing basically amounts to an infinite power supply! It brings a smile to your face when you come out of that tight trail to a woods road and can actually use that power for a few seconds. In the tight trails, I was mostly in 2nd gear (stock gearing), but used 3rd gear more than I thought I would. Keeping this beast in the bottom third of the RPM range in tight, rocky, rooty trails is mandatory. Things can QUICKLY get out of control when you get in the meat of the midrange on tight, rough trails. I am planning a switch to 13/48 or 14/51 gearing as best compromise for tight trails and some dual sporting road use. I did stall it a few too many times, but only once was it the snease/stall. The rest were clearly me being rusty. Carberation was pretty good (alternate needle in 3rd possition, 68s, 172, 1000ft, ~50 F). You have to be pretty smooth with the throttle in the woods so I only noticed hesitation twice: once coming out of a rare sandy corner where I was pretty liberal with the right hand and once after a very rough high speed rocky section that was probably similar to jump landing impact. Bottom line, i think I would consider spending $400 on the auto clutch before Quicksilver carb for my application. Suspension: O-boy! Lets just say I am hoping for a significant transformation when I switch to .47/10.5 or .47/11 combo. This is at the top of my financially dependent modification schedule. Then aluminum bars. Suspension: The suspension beat me to a pulp. I think riding too low in stroke (soft springs) gets into stiffer compression valving creating serious problems on multiple bumps (rocks). Suspension just felt confused on rough rocky trails if it had to deal with rocks/roots in rapid sucession. On the few 2-3 ft whoops, the front was diving, the back was kicking. Yeeehaawwww! I was litterally thinking, "If those bastards out west can blast whoops fast enough to win desert races on this PIG, then I know the is room for SIGNIFICANT improvement!" And the fork dive under heavy breaking was significant and contributed to tucking/plowing. Handling: the bikes stability is its saving grace. No matter how confused the suspension got, I knew I could count on the bike to stay straight. That is kinda huge when trees are inches from your handlebars! Handling: Now don't lecture me about not setting the sag! I know it is mandatory, but if I crank up this punny stock spring, it will be under its minimum length and ugly things could happen when it bottoms out. As ridden, turning on tight trails could not be accomplished without full commitment. The first few times I got lazy and just assumed the bike would go the way I wanted it to, I ended up off the trail. Planting my boys firmly on the tank and introducing them to Mr. Gas Cap EVERY TIME was the ONLY way to make this wallowing beast succumb to my will when directional changes were required. It would occasionally plow and special care was needed on soft downhill or off camber corners. Unfortunately, this will probably always be the case with a 300lb bike, regardless of suspension. So what is the good news? Well, my 3 riding partners are good B riders (CR450, KTM300EXC, RM250), this was my first time out in 7 years, and I could keep up with them on the tightest of trails. Sure it was the longest 25 miles of my life (sounds like nothing you you westerners, but it was 95% rough, twisty 2ng gear trail). Sure the energy and concentration required to submit this beast to my will were unprecidented. Sure every major muscle group of my neglected body screams in protest today. But I kept up with them. I am excited to see improvements from stiffer springs, setting sag, 2.5wt fork oil and fine tuning. I am expecting quite a transformation. Also, counter shaft seal leaking after ride! I read it was a weakness of the 01s, but I expected more than 36 miles out of it. Sorry for being so long winded. I like to think you guys that have been riding these for years would enjoy the babbling of a newbie just discovering the BRP.