Originally Posted by ErricZ
...the thing is a wheelie machine in 2nd and 3rd gear...
I have an '09 (XC-W). For me, the whole "2nd and 3rd gear" thing was the largest part of the (re)learning curve.
When I first rode it, I remember thinking how "docile" first gear felt (relatively...as I had already heard so many legendary stories about this machine). However, after slamming 2nd a few times, I knew why! The front wheel would go "12-o'clock" with very little provocation.
My last ring-dinger was a CR500. For some reason (and this is just my opinion), I don't remember it being as violent as this thing (XC-W).