So as of late I have been pounding out some serious moto on my KTM 500. My KTM is setup perfect for my riding (offroad), feels good etc etc and of course isn't a true MX'er but it works good enough for now.... That being said, a fellow rider had just bought a 04 Honda 450r that had very little hours on it and was virtually bone stock. He was a newer rider and wanted me to try it out and help him with a setup. First kick the bike fired right up which is great considering I've been using electric start for the last few years.... He had his clutch pretty loose so after a few spins on the adjuster away I went. Aside from the suspension being wayyy to soft for my weight and speed (as I nearly killed myself in the whoops discovering this), the bike felt friggin great. For some unknown reason the KTMs are tall bikes and the Honda felt so tiny, combined with the nearly 40lb weight difference the bike was a dream to move around with VERY little rider effort. The brakes were decent but not KTM good........But the motor was the selling point....It doesn't have the torque like my 500 but the motor pulled from super super low and just kept revving. On tight courses I can struggle with the 500 because the power is pretty much instantaneous but the Honda just felt so smooth and controlled I bet it would make a really good motor in the bush. In a whole, the bike just handled the track very very well considering the semi bald tires and soft suspension...... What was really interesting was how "fat" my KTM felt when I jumped back on it. I know the larger tank on my KTM makes up for a quite a bit of this but you don't realise how wide the KTM really is when you ride something that isn't. You also forget how much torque it has vs 450s, its a massive rush of power into a surging mid but signs off as early as it comes on. All this being said, I have been searching for a new race bike and was really leaning on going back to a tried and true YZ 250. I really think a Honda 450 is now a major player.....I just have to find a clean one......Congrats HONDA, you may have a new customer!