The 450 SX-F has excellent straight-line stability, and jumping the orange machine is easy with how lightweight it is. The bike corners excellently as well. When riding through higher-speed, sweeping corners with two feet on the pegs, either standing or sitting, the bike tracks well and is confidence inspiring, even on hard-packed and slippery conditions. The Brembo brakes are strong, progressive, and predictable. The front brake and clutch lever shape are also very agreeable and the on-the-fly adjustability is fantastic. The cockpit area of the bike feels a little small, and this partially has to do with the Neken handlebar having a relatively low and flat bend, which had taller test riders desiring a handlebar with a taller bend to open up the cockpit area a little bit.