I consider myself a 250F rider, but I was amazed how much more fun the 450 was to ride than either of the other two bikes. I stuck to the vet track with shorter straights, and the 450 felt more nimble, more precise, more planted, and more fun; it laid into turns perfectly. It got better traction front and rear, and the strong power was fun to modulate.
The 250F probably had the best suspension for me. It was comfortable and predictable, but the 450 had more accuracy. The 350’s ends just didn’t work in unison; the bike rocked front to back through the bumps. The 450 had strong, meaty power from the bottom-end on up, where the 350 had a great bark down low but ran out of “go” before my straightaways did, and I had to shift where I did not on the 450. So the 350 requires the same amount of attention to throttle control down low without the reward of a long pull once you are hooked up. In that bottom-end rpm where I ride, the 250’s power felt a big, big step down from the 350’s.
If I told myself I was going to get into great shape then somehow believed it, I would pick the 450 easily as my favorite; right now I pick the 450 with some reservations since it takes more energy and would be too much bike at many tracks, with the 250F a close second, and the 350 a distant third.
—PETE PETERSON 5’10”, 175 LB., VET NOVICE
Personal Ranking: 1. 450, 2. 250, 3. 350 Actual Lap Times (*Vet Track): 1:47.25* (450), 1:47.42* (350), 1:50* (250)
“Then I hopped on the 350, and I felt right at home. The 350 just feels so right for me and my skill level.” —STEVE CABALLERO