Riding the 2019 Redshift EXR was my first time swinging a leg over an Alta, so I had no idea what to expect in terms of power. I was admittedly a bit nervous that my first time on the bike was to be a ride through an unfamiliar city on a set of DOT approved Metzeler 6 Days Extreme knobbies. However, due to the four different map settings, I felt comfortable on the bike right away. Getting a feel for the bike in a slick parking lot, I stayed in map one. While riding around back and forth with an occasional snap of the throttle, I quickly realized just how friendly map one could be. My first thought was “a beginner could ride this bike,” and by no means did I think this in a negative way. With no clutch, no gearbox, and an extremely linear power delivery, it truly empowers the rider to focus on three things: throttle, braking, and looking ahead.