I am FINALLY getting off road with my XRL. In the year that I've had it and 2000+ miles that I've added to it (6,900 total) it's been almost all road and I found the stock gearing to be fine. Now that I'm finally exploring old abandoned railroad tracks and the trails that are often found nearby I am finding that 1st is a bit too tall and yes, the space between first and second is big. On the tight trails I'm in 1st and second pretty much exclusively and on the tracks (woops) I get into 3rd. I'm pretty slow and it aint no trail bike so I dont need super off road capability. I commute on this beast and need it to stay good on road and improve off road. That's not too much to ask right? And Yes, I did a search (http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=415395&page=1&pp=10&highlight=gearing)but no, it only made me want to ask more questions.