I remember the first time I rode a CR500R . . . It had way way more power than I ever thought possible. I could not keep the front wheel down in any gear. It vibrated sooo much my hands went to sleep within a very short time. I was much happier on my XR600R and XR400R. A 500EXC seems like it would be the ultimate play bike. You will gain confidence and ride the wheels off of it in no time my friend Enjoy your awesome bike.