I am about to order a couple of '09 ttr 230's for my son and I. He is 13 and I haven't ridden in over 25 years. As my call sign indicates we are interested in riding trails near where we live in Western Oregon and some desert riding in Eastern Oregon. Not interested in racing or any extreme riding. I, (we) have put a lot of research into what bikes to get, including some email dialog with actual owners of this model, and I am comfortable with the decision to go with the 230s. So this is NOT a question about whether or not this is the right bike. If you feel the need to push a Honda or the WRs, please don't bother doing it here. Having said that, if Yamaha made a single cylinder, two valve, air cooled, ttr 400, I'd buy that for me in a second. But they don't, and neither does anyone else, so I am addressing this to people who own and/or ride the ttr 230: I do not plan to "uncork" the bikes; at least not anytime soon. But I have read quite a bit about the gearing, particularly the very low 1st. I am thinking about having the dealership change out the counter sprockets to 14 tooth before the bikes are assembled and rear wheel mounted. Figure it must be pretty simple at that point. Here are my questions: 1. Is this really worth doing? Will it make it easier for my son to learn on? (He hasn't driven a clutch yet.) Will we lose any hill climbing abilities by doing this? We are not interested in "top end" riding so that gain is irrelevant to us. 2. Is this change advisable w/out uncorking? Or do you need the extra power before you can make the change in gearing? 3. If the dealership won't do it, or says it will void the warranty, how difficult a change is it to do? Does the chain/rear wheel need to be removed? I do not consider myself an accomplished mechanic; but I usually do all the maintenance on my vehicles and can do most small stuff if I have good instructions and pics. But I'm a little more hesitant to tear into brand new stuff lest I screw it up. I'd like to say thanks in advance. This is an awesome sight and I have been visiting it for months and it has been a huge help in making this decision. I have some more questions but I know this is really long so I appreciate those of you who have read it and can help with some objective feedback.