I have the ES and based on most of the posts on this forum, believe the ES should be just fine. Majority have never had a problem with the ES system from what I have read here and other locations. I'm a new owner but would much rather have the ES than the foot shift. Sure best option would be the fully automatic but for price, the ES is next best thing. I am confident I made right choice and looks like most others are doing fine with theirs. Some have had problems, but looks to not be in the majority. Reviews I have read indicate no problems with ES. Don't let it get you down and against your ATV. Don't pay to second guess yourself. Have fun with it.Looks great, how well does your es work?