This bike requires a stronger, faster, rider than me, to tame it in the tight woods. Well, SoCal woods, anyway. Rough and silty.
It is awesome until it gets really rough and slow, and then it's hard to hang on to!
I mean rough..... baby head sized jagged rocks buried inside silt and grass.... rutted, uphill, and off camber too boot.
We rode a dry river bed for about 4 miles, and it kicked my ass.
If I concentrate really hard, it works really well, but my BETA is better at stuff like this....which I already assumed....but the BETA will NOT take whoops and 'trouble' like this bike does. It is stable.
I can now see how some riders 'de-map' it for smoother power delivery.
It's not bad at all, but after riding the BETA ( sim to the KTM), it is comparatively 'abrupt' right off idle.
Plus, at idle, it is very torquey. Torquey enough to 'push' going very slow if you are not on top of it....but if you crack the throttle, the torque does not increase with throttle, so it feels like it has less....until the rpms come up quite a bit.
Granted I am 80lbs heavier than the average rider, so I usually expect this kind of power issue.
One cool thing I did notice is that it turns inside really, really well.
Even at speed, you can just back off the throttle and lay it over, and it tracks.
Add some throttle and you feel like you acutally have some skills....
Also, the engine braking, while not 'soft' at all, does not make the bike handle poorly, like some other bikes (KTM).
Usually I always ride in a higher gear, and use the clutch constantly, to nearly eliminate the engine braking, to improve handling.
Not needed on this bike at all.
The suspension in the forest is a little to agressvie however.
The Enzo valving it not cut out for a rock fest ride.
If I were a bit faster it would be better. Tried riding that way, and it starts to smooth out....but my brain will no longer process information that fast for very long...
If I do go faster, this happens...: