After two nights on the track, I can't believe how good this bike is! I really didn't expect it to be THAT much different from my '02. It is noticably less top heavy. Feels much more "250 like"(and not just in a magazine coin phrase type of way either). The D742/D756 combo is really impressive. Great tires! Also the suspension... I was disappointed at first when I heard Honda dropped the spring rate in the forks from .47 to .46, but after coming up just short on our biggest table top (fully expecting my wrists to snap) I was forgiven with a slight bottom and controlled hop down the ramp. Honda did a great job with the valving - plush with good bottoming resistance. This is the best suspension package I've ever felt. I actually enjoyed attacking the whoop section and found I could make the most time through there (over other riders with their inferior suspension ). I experienced less arm pump too. The power... buttery smooth and FAST (faster than my 2002? I guess so... , but who cares? Handling is where the story is at). Overall the bike is phenominal. It inspires confidence and forgives mistakes. I can ride faster, more aggressive, and I get less tired than on my 02. My riding impression - the best MX bike ever! I have to think the 2-strokes are in real trouble. The handling disadvantage on this bike compared to a 250 2-stroke is next to 'nill. But the power/usability advantage is massive. I really love this bike!