Picked up the bike on Friday, took it out Saturday for a nice break in day. Never got on the motor much all day (with a wife and two kids that ride my time at the track is divided between riding and watching/teaching...it's awesome to see them ride!!) Anyway, I changed the oil this morning and we went back out. Finally opened her up..... HOLY COW!! Don't let anyone say this bike is slow.... I'm not a great rider, but I can hold my own (probably a middle-intermediate rider). The motor is smooth, with power everywhere. Clutch is much better than my '98's (no doubt, huh?), and the brakes are excellent. The handling is incredible, as I can finally rail a berm (until the limits of the stock tires put me on my side, busting the little ball off the clutch lever..... ) And the suspension.....well, I need to upgrade the spring for my weight (220), but I have to say right out of the box it never felt uncooperative. The front works so well with the rear. Jumps, whoops, braking bumps, etc....had no complaints with any terrain. The only thing I have found more difficult to get used to is sometimes during landing if I'm not on the gas it wants to stop dead in it's tracks when it hits the ground...until I get a handful of throttle. I started hitting the jumps in a lower gear, forcing me to be on the gas when I landed and that fixed it. Anyone have similar experiences? Anyway, I'm in love with this bike. It's everything I wanted and more. They've come a long way in 7 years. Oh yeah, I had to adjust the chain this morning.....gonna have to replace that.