Fire roads and trails: Excellent if you don't want to got fast.
Elevation: Stock jet OK to 8,000 feet, a bit rich above that but the bike will go to 12,000 and still start. Give me carburation for reliability anyday.
Stock gearing good for all but steep technical stuff...first gear substantially lower than CRF250L. It will go 60 on the highway but you won't like it.
Low seating is a design feature, flat foot it through rocks. Suspension is nowhere as good as most dirt bikes, thus the need to ride slower. It can be modified to be better for not much $.
EXTREMELY RELIABLE!!!!!!! CARRIES HUGE LOADS!!!
Great first bike. Great 15th bike. If you want to explore the backcountry at reasonable speeds and not warp speed and carry lots of gear, it's perfect.