I am a new again rider. My buddy bought this bike for his wife, who never rode it. I started riding it and was impressed with how reliable it is. Starts on the first or second kick every time. Never an issue with it. I was also impressed with the way this bike would take me anywhere I want to go. I've decided to do start looking for parts to upgrade the suspension, which is about the only downside. I'm looking forward to making this little XR a perfect trail bike for an intermediate rider.