Next, the Kawasaki’s powerplant really shined, and the slim, long bike feel made it easy to turn and stay stable for me. But the fork is a deal breaker. It’s harsh and makes me spend way more mental energy trying to find the smoothest possible line than to just ride and have fun. For me, the KTM and Husqvarna are very similar, but the Husky’s lack of power puts it down on my list because these are 450s and should scare me a little bit. The Yamaha has, hands down, the most impressive motor for me. Its responsiveness and free-revving power is eye-wateringly impressive. And for those who want less, just hop on your phone and dial it back. The Honda is right up there, but it is a little more of a lugger than screamer – still crazy fast, though.