I am not a gear head. I am a rider with sufficient mechanical skill to fix the small stuff and the ability to find a mechanic for the stuff I can't fix. Ever since I got into Adventure Bikes I have been curious about this. RE: big bore adventure bikes. Is there a mechanical/physical/philosophical reason they don't have a super low "granny" first gear? It seems for the purpose these bikes are built that a low first gear would be a no-brainer. Make 2nd and 3rd about where 1st and 2nd are currently, then you could have a bigger gap to 4,5,6 for highway riding. I read all the time about guys trying to find a gearing that brings the low end down without sacrificing top end. For off-road riding, trails, tight mountain passes... I don't need a first gear that will take me up to 35/40mph. Not trying to be a smart-ass, I really know nothing about the inner workings of transmissions. Is this hard to do or is the inertia of years of manufacturing motorcycle trannies the problem?