I mean having the bike set to its max power makes riding dirt difficult, not your throttle position. There is 98ft lbs of torque and 102hp hitting loose surface and its never going to be anything but snatchy. Dial it to gravel mode, lowest power setting, and the bike is smooth and buttery in all conditions, with more than enough power to go way faster than could ever be safe on dirt. Thats why it isn't a T7. Its a CRF1100. Designed to be a beast on the pavement and a dual sport on dirt. Hence driving modes that modulate the bikes systems to adapt to the conditions. Fantastic engineering. I've put 21,000 KM on mine in just over year and at least 7000 of that on gravel and dirt in some pretty extreme terrain and conditions. The rest of the KM are the WFO empty roads of BC with everything from endless straights to white knuckle rollercoasters everywhere you look. This bike excels at what it is designed to do, especially when using its available features as they are intended.Maximum power is completely controllable with the throttle, minimum power in low gears is what's more difficult to be smooth IMO.