I have had a lot of fun on the 230 to the tune of about 1,500 miles now. The bike is completely stock except for tires. I recently bought a KTM 450 EXC. The KTM is a SERIOUS machine. I still really enjoy the 230 and have discovered a new appreciation for it. Having the ability to switch on and off both bikes on various terrain has reminded me of a few things about the Honda CRF 230. 1. It handles very well. 2. The engine runs great. 3. The shifter works smoothely. 4. The bike feels like it's less than 230# 5. The power comes on nice and has a nice broad powerband. 6. The clutch and brakes work great. 7. Although the bike is somewhat simplistic compared to bikes double the price, the crf 230 is a GREAT trail bike. You already know all this, but I wanted you to hear it again for a specific reason. The reason is that for those of you thinking of taking a step up to a more expensive bike, although you get what you pay for usually, the CRF 230 is a great value for what it offers. Have a nice day.