The 426 was the first bike I ever bought too. I learned on my friends Honda XR650R so I figured I was going to get less power on the 426 (thinking that # of cc's equates to how much power). Hahaha. What a surprise. Luckily I'm a quick learner and clearing most doubles and tables on intermediate tracks after about 6 months on the 426 and 9 months total riding time.