So I just got done with my first ride on this bike and I gotta say I'm super impressed. First lets talk about the suspension, having come from a Yamaha running the KYB SSS stuff which is really the standard from which everything seems to be measured, I would argue that this not only matched my KYB but I think it actually bests it. The forks I've set to 136 psi for my 215lbs with the compression out 16 and the rebound out 11, for that felt dang near perfect but I did start the ride at 12 out and that was just to stiff IMO. As for the shock I'm running the 4.8 spring with the comp at 14 out and reb at 10 out and that feels awesome. Getting these settings only took 2 trails side adjustments before I was very pleased which is really amazing as it normally takes me a long time to get my suspension where I like it.
Now for the motor, well I will say that while I don't think it matches the power of my YZ450 it's dang close and much much smoother. I'm running a Lectron and I do think there is some fine tuning needed as I'm having a bog condition when going through deep whoops at speed or leaning over in corners and getting on the gas. My fuel level in the bowl seems awfully high as well so I suspect I'm getting flooded in those conditions. Outside of that the bike was just awesome, it turns so so so much better than the YZ and it's so light that it just makes moving the bike around a breeze. One more thing I was very pleased with is the map switch, I really did not expect much out of it but no joke it really helps in the nasty stuff. Just mellows the bike out enough to make it easier to control and allows the motor to chug a little easier I felt. Oh, one more thing I noticed that surprised me and just pleases the piss out of me is how well planted this bike is. My 2ts from the past were no where near this planted and would get kicked around on trail junk so easily where as this was/is every bit as planted as my YZ was. Semi close trans is IMO also spot on, 1st gear is more than low enough to handle very gnarly technical riding without concern for stalling.
I can say for sure now that I am very pleased with this purchase if I had one criticism it would be lack of TPI on these models. I don't understand why they won't put that on these bikes, having FI is just super nice.
I was going to buy an FX 450 but chose this at last minute, no regrets this bike is awesome!!!