that's why i said it's being nitpicky since i could change it easy peasy. everything else about the bike is pure SEX! when i test rode the R1, i wasn't in the market for a bike. The sales guy is a really good friend and made me go ride it while he took the lead on his R1. normally, i wouldn't ride another bike unless i was buying, but he and the wife basically pushed me enough to take it for a spin. had fun, but not something i would do on a regular basis. don't like racking up miles on other people's bikes. I'm weird about that. Murphy and i don't get along real well.The tall first gear can be made more "street friendly" so to say just drop a tooth in the front sprocket. No one needs to go 180+ on the street anyway.