Nah, 1st is just about perfect on my 1200. I hate vehicles with overly short 1st gears unless I'm towing something ENORMOUS, which obviously doesn't apply here.I've always felt the gearing on the Sportster is as near-perfect as any bike I've ever owned or ridden. In fact, it's just about the only bike I've ever owned that I haven't changed gearing on. Now, if I'm running 70+ for extended periods I wouldn't mind a 6th gear to knock 3-400 revs off but with that Evo motor it would be useless at speeds much below 70 so meh, I can live without it. My problem with most 6 speeds is you're either revving to the moon constantly to make the ratios feel appropriate, or your shifting like a tractor-trailer, dropping 100-200 rpms per shift, and are in 4th gear by the time you cross the intersection. Most of them have the ratios stacked right on top of each other, which is annoying unless your going 'balls to the wall'.