I know what you mean Leighton, it used to annoy the hell out of me as well, Honda really stunted the power. Certainly on the CT manual box there is no lag in the first two gears through restriction. The only thing you do notice sometimes if you are using full power is the traction control can kick in a little abruptly as it tries to send the front wheel skywards. Of course its easy to switch off for the times you want a really quick getaway. No doubt someone will be along soon to tell you about the CT DCT box. By the way, you will probably find that the CT is just as quick up to a ton, if not slightly quickly, it only falls behind when you are starting to get into silly speeds.