I purchased an 09 leftover gade. Love the sled so far. I had been riding an 07 500ss GSX. This sled is heavier, but does great. I have put on the 6.9 pilot skis and 8" carbides in the center. I put the stock 4" on the outer. On rough trails and smooth trails seems to handle great. I was very dissapointed at gas mileage on the first tank. 11.5. So I did some gear changes and went to the 43 tooth bottom gear. Changed the clutch spring to the 130-390 and changed the clutch weights. The last fillup showed 15.6 mpg. and it keeps getting better. I now have 1200 miles on the sled. I am very happy with it and would not go back to the rev. I am 6' tall and the extra leg room and the ride are perfect for me.