This is a part 2 from my first thread were I was asking if it was possible to bascially go from 5 rides in a pit bike to a wr450 as my first real bike at 5' 8" 155lbs. Original thread, From 140cc pit bike to 450f?? : http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=552517 Well my first time out on the trails I definately got owned. My second time out was definatelty a different story. The top heavyness does take getting used to and thats what I learned to control more on the second ride and gained some confidence with it as well. I did fairly well this time, dumped the bike less, got up and down hills better, better with the technical trails, and I can pick up the bike a lot easier this round too. For the people say its too much power, its not the case if your not a total idot with the throttle. I love this bike, the power actually saved me more times than I can remember. The simple fact is you point the bike to go up a hill and if you can hold on it WILL get you up the hill! I love that, you can be at some pretty slow speeds and the freeking thing just trucks up the hill with such little effort from the engine. It's actually quite rediculous the torque this bike makes. In the end, its definatly possible to have a wr450 as ones first bike if the user is prepared to learn the hard way. A lighter bike like a KDX 200-220, cr230f, ttr230 may have been easier to learn on balance weight wise, but I would never trade that for the power I have to get up those hills at slow speeds when it gets hairier. The joke about go to the gym to make the bike feel lighter, rather than go too far stripping the bike is totally true an not be discarded. And take a thought if u really need a full tank of gas for the ride.