I had a blast riding this bike in the terrain it was designed for. I handed it off to two other riders to get a second and third opinion as well. One of the riders was of equal skill level to me (Vet A) and he had similar opinions that I did. The second rider was a beginner who was very interested in getting more into off-road riding, but was not finding the enjoyment he expected. He had been advised by some of his friends to buy a dual sport bike and went out and purchased a Husqvarna FE 450 thinking he would get the most use out of such a versatile model. After six months of frustrations, trying to learn how to trail ride (the FE 450 is really not an entry-level bike), he was ready to give up dirt bikes all together. I took him out to an area where he had previously struggled and put him on the Beta Xtrainer. The transformation in his riding and his enjoyment was immediate. We spent three hours riding roots, rocks, hills, creeks, and canyons, and he was having a blast.