The Factory Connection-massaged suspension components worked well. The fork maintained a plush feel, even on slap-down landings, while the shock stayed planted in slower and high-speed situations alike. The CRF450X was built to dominate Baja, so it understandably favors straight line stability. We were also impressed with how well it cornered too. Overall, Clark did a great job of bringing this more-than-a-decade-old bike back to life. The amount of power the bike has is comparable to most current year 450cc off-road motorcycles, but with a more sudden delivery that’s not as linear or controllable as a fuel-injected bike. The suspension performance allowed for a comfortable and predictable ride, and the plethora of aftermarket goodies made it look great as well.