The 250 was just easier to manage everywhere on the track. I felt like I could be more aggressive. When the track became rougher and drier, I was able to stay on the throttle longer through the turns. It was a little low on low-end power after coming off of the larger bikes, so you had to rev the bike out. When it comes to jumping I usually like to have a little more power to accelerate on the face. While riding the 250, it took more speed before you made it to the face.
The 350 had everything I like in all three of the bikes! I was able to ride this bike almost as aggressively as the 250, but I had the power to launch over the jumps that I couldn’t clear on the smaller bike. The power delivery was great and as long as the 250’s. I was not able to notice a power difference between the 350 and 450, but the 350 did seem easier for me to hit the ruts. I feel like I can ride the smaller bike faster than the 450.
I would buy the 450 if I was 6 feet and weighed 180 pounds. With me being a little out of shape and not able to muscle the more powerful bike around I feel like I get tired sooner. However, the 450 is smooth and easier to ride; it becomes more of a handful when the arms get pumped up.
—KELLY GELHAUS 5’9”, 245 LB., SENIOR INTERMEDIATE
Personal Ranking: 1. 350, 2. 250, 3. 450 Actual Lap Times: 2:21 (250), 2:25 (350), 2:33 (450)