I was considering a RMZ and a CRF, but after 1st ride I am glad I stayed blue. I have been reading posts about turning issues, but they are myths to this bike. This 450 felt 10 times lighter in turns and in flight than my 250F. I never layed a bike over this far in turns before, and I had complete confidence while doing it. I could pick and change lines mid turn at will. I could constantly adjust and correct my lines all the way through the turn. When the stock tire would not bite in the loose turns, just lay the bike over a little more, roll on more throttle and no problem. Power delivery was smooth. I finished the night on a tight SX track and found my self using 1st alot which was a little weird for me. Not shure if I should change rear sprocket. Still getting use to this though. I need more time on it. I have been on a 250F since 2002.