OK for the record I'm a 41 yr old novice racer. I rode my friends yammie 450 today and wanted to give my impression. OK F.I. is awesome and cant wait to get a race bike with it. The power of the yammie is awesome and would smoke me in a race hands down. I have after market suspension and felt the Nicoll racing suspension was amazing. The handling on the Yamaha was different at best. The same turn i could flat track and rail on my Honda the Yamaha washed out on me on two different occasions causing me to crash. ( maybe my MOTOZ TIRES HELPED FOR SURE). I was considering a new Yamaha on a new purchase but please ride one before purchase. They are not a bad bike but require a new riding style to adjust. Hope this helps any one looking for a new bike.