My buddy invited me over for a test ride yesterday on his 02 YZ250. After he broke it in, we were testing it out. I had a 15 minute ride on it. The motor is excellent, it doesn't have the bottom like a 00 KX ,but it is not far off(plenty of bottom though). What I found out is, the motor has way more spread than the KX when in the middle of the revs or up top (my kind of motor). It keeps pulling where the KX flattens out.The motor has a smooth, but very ,very,very strong pull to it, no mistake about it. The motor is a winner. I weigh 185lbs at 5'10 the bike has a very solid feel to it, the bike tracks straight; no swapping, no deflecting, very solid - the rear hooks up excellent. The suspension is on the stiff side, but this is only the first ride after break in. It felt stiff, but not too much on the harsh side. I'd rather start off stiff with a new bike, than soft. After a good 4 or 5 outings on the bike I believe the suspension is going to be a champ. We didn't mess with the clickers, there was not enough time on the suspension to settle in, so it could only get better. What I did notice was the front end was a little busy on the chop,(head shake). Stepping out on the rebound plus letting the springs break in, I think would relieve that problem. The forks were flush in the triple clamp so you can't go that way. Like I said before, after some serious time on the YZ the suspension I believe is going to be solid, but plush also. I over jumped a double a few times and bottoming out is definetly not an issue. I feel right at home jumping the YZ the last time I was on a YZ was in 98 and it was only for a few minutes. I feel very confident jumping, with only being on the bike for 10 minutes. The ergos felt right at home with me I did not feel cramped at all, I even run my bars a little more forward than what they were and still thought there was plenty of room. Coming out of a corner and then standing up for the whoops, I must say I love the transition, your feet plant the pegs perfect .Your footing is that of a mountain goat climbing a rocky ridge. HOW'S THAT FOR A POETIC DIRT MAG ANALOGY. The hardware of the bike is well thought out. I went from the front of the bike to the rear of it, every bolt and nut was conscientiously sized and placed. The throttle cable even had an outer protection tube, to keep it from fraying. I can go over everything, but I think I wrote enough. The bike was very, very well thought out down to even the allen head bolts for the chain buffer. I hope I'm this impressed with the RM I'm waiting for. Big Blue you have a Winner!!