I am buying a new sled this year, and now the ZR900 which I wanted will have this new Direct Drive system. I like the sounds of it, but will it be reliable? Do I wanna get into a first year model, not really. So now im back to my original choice, an F7 snopro, or the ZR900 snopro with DD. I had made up my mind after extensively riding both machines this year. I feel the ZR900 handles much better at higher speeds, while the Firecat is better in bumps and twisties. However the ZR900 snopro is more the adequate on the bumps and twisties. And the power, even thou the F7 has been known to beat the ZR9, the power is amazing. Much different from the Firecat. I wish I knew more about this direct drive system, and I wish I didnt have to be a guinnie pig to get a ZR9 next year. So here is my final question to you all, would you go with a ZR9 EFI Snopro with direct drive, or a Firecat F7 Team Arctic Snopro with Crosslink. I anticipate many sleepless nights pondering this one!!!