Odd that you see changing gear irritating, I see it as normal on any ATV or Motorbike. Each to their own I guess.
The modern autos are better than the earlier variants I hear, reliability depends on how you treat and maintain your ATV. I do know that when autos ‘go wrong’ they can be very costly to repair. For that reason alone I’ve never owned one and never will unless circumstances change as I get older for whatever reason.
Sam, I think for many guys that grew up shifting MX bikes, its second nature, and yrs ago(70's and 80's) in the usa rural area's any how
kids and MX bikes were the norm
but these days,m Almost NO one rides MX bikes with gears and a REAL clucth
its a dying sport, minus the race inspired groups and family's
too few places to ride them now is a huge reason, and well, lets face it any idiot can sit ON a 4 wheel and ride it
so parents get them for kids, to ride due to how essay they are, less work for parents to have to TEACH there kid to ride a MX bike
heck many kids don't even know how to ride a pedal bike anymore , yet many have atv's!
I think the old saying, everyone wants better for there kids, has peaked to the point many kids are just spoiled never learning the basic, we (my gen and like folks that grew up)
we started on petal bikes learn how to fall and jump and wheelie and what not, then went to a Motorized bike , shifted gears, learned to read terrian and more about what to do and NOT do
and then got on ATV's to open more options up in yr round riding with less worry about falling on ice or snow on a MX bike LOl
kids and parents, grand parents
seem to have cause kids to MISS out on the learning process, due to they can Afford TO BUY then toys maybe they wished they had as kids
but miss the learning curve they got by NOT just getting on an atv
I also think this is why many kids get hurt on ATV's
too easy to ride, parents and who ever lets them ride, forgets all the skills and experiences they have /had from riding so many other things
and kids get in over there heads fast(new riders too) due to lack of growing IN the game!
funny though, as shifting gears seems HARD to so many
so many can work a smart phone blindfolded and be walking talking texting and 10 others things at once
yet shifting gears is WORK? LOL
it IS a fact, there is more hand eye foot body coordination involved in MX bike riding than any other motor sport
learning to shift gears actually makes for a better balanced person!
guess that is also why we have so many BAD drivers that missed out on them skills!
and MAN driving vehicles on roads is getting scary
now have self driving cars, self parking,auto braking and what not's what ever happen to having pride in your driving SKILLS, you got from practice and well, PAYING ATTENTION?
just what we need, auto driving cars, so idiots can be doing more things while driving MINUS paying attention??
GLAD I grew up when I did is all I can say LOL