Personally, I think you are trying to ride this bike like it is a 300cc thumper instead of a high revving sport bike engine. Maybe the new KLX300 would better suit your riding style?Just want to clarify, I think the mapping on the 3rd gear is what makes it janky. When I ride around town, Ive just found it easier to use 1st, 2nd, and 4th, 5th.and 6th gears. I just kind of skip 3rd gear and it makes for a smoother experience. 3rd gear kind of sucks on this bike to be honest.