This is not a "which bike is better" but a re-evaluation on my part, and I was hoping to get input from others who may have been through the same new bike buying thought process. Currently riding 250 two stroke after spending about 4 years on 450F and then a few on 250F (no KTM). Like many, felt a "middle ground" would be best for my 170 pounds and A level for trail riding, off road and all-around play riding needs (no MX racing, but practice once in a while). Currently getting along with a YZ250 two stroke very well: power is about middle ground and the weight is 250F-ish and it turns like a bicycle. It requires an aggressive riding style even though the YZ250 has a very 4 stroke-like powerband compared to my other 250 two strokes. My next bike must-have list includes 4 stroke, e-start, a hydraulic clutch, two-stroke like engine braking (or lack of) and a very broad powerband which leads me to wanting a 350 XCF. At least I thought I did until reading how it needs to be revved quite a bit more and can't be ridden lazy like a 450F. Powerband and engine inertia/lack of engine braking almost sounds like my YZ250 but in a 4T version. Which brings me to my rant/thought process: so many great things about the KTM 450SXF. The broad power with so much down low and in the mid without being a herky jerky fatigue fest, great brakes, it's not a pig weight-wise and of course e-start. If this was the route taken I'd wait for the FI version (yes, I know many do perfectly well with carbs), but I wanted to know if I'd be back in the same boat of riding a heavy tiring bike with too much engine braking ala my 450F from yesteryear and wish I'd gone with the middle-ground 350. It'd be nice to have 450 power to ride lazily and turn with the rear wheel instead of carving a hard corner and blowing up sandy silty hills and corners without doing a tap dance on the shifter even on dryslick. But is there no getting around the fact that even the KTM 450SXF is a big gnarly bike and will quickly make me remember what it's like to be a superhero pilot for the first part of a race or ride and then having the engine inertia and weight have its way for the waning hours of an enduro or tight slick rocky rutted trail ride. Haven't ridden a new 450SXF. I don't think I've even seen one. So for those who have been through this thought process I'd appreciate any objective input.