The one category where the Husqvarna performs noticeably different than the KTM is in the handling department. The Husqvarna shares the same lightweight feeling, a nimble yet stable chassis that has good cornering ability, and the comfortable and roomy cockpit that the KTM enjoys. The differences, which are almost entirely related to feel, not performance, come from the polycarbonate subframe, different swingarm, ProTaper handlebar, and a different seat cover. The polycarbonate subframe does a better job of absorbing braking bumps and acceleration chop, which becomes especially noticeable as the track gets rougher throughout the course of the day. On the opposite side of the coin, because the subframe deadens impacts, it isn’t as easy to feel what the rear end is doing at any given moment. This isn’t a bad thing; it just depends on rider preference as to what they like. The same can be said for the seat cover. It’s extremely grippy, which some riders felt was a bit too much and others liked because it enabled them to stay seated in the same position under hard acceleration and/or when ascending hills.