I ride an 08 and its a lot to handle in the woods. The suspension is way to firm, your weight may make it better, I'm 190-195 with gear. The motor hits way way to hard for the woods, fun in an open field or track but where smooth/plush is your friend to much power isn't fun. I am trying to make mine into a capable woods bike. The transmission is its down fall for woods riding but an auto clutch will fix that because it will keep you from constantly having to use the clutch and it will also give it fly wheel affect too. The best thing to do is ask him if you can take it for a day and see if you like it but chances are it will be a lot to handle until you spend a little bit making it woods friendly. It can be made into a capable woods bike though.