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Old 05-26-2004, 01:39 PM   #2
blee
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I'm sort of half-and-half on this one.

Whenever I want to get off the line quickly, the tall gearing really irks me. I need to slip the clutch quite a bit, with more throttle than I feel comfortable using, in order to get just barely adequate acceleration. The power comes on at higher revs, sure, but getting up there is an exercise in patience.

OTOH, for driving around town, 1st gear is fine. There's enough torque to keep up with most traffic, and I don't shift at high enough rpm to really get annoyed at staying in 1st for too long.
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