One thing that makes the XCF-W a comfortable stock bike is that the machine has a high degree of overall flex. The frame—in combination with the triple clamps—has a certain amount of “give” that is transmitted to the rider in a soft and comfortable feel. The mod 270cc XCF-W retained this comfort, and it was highly appreciated on cruising trail rides and flowing two-track. One of the benefits of the increased power on handling was that the added “zip” to the motor allowed the rider to feel as though he or she could change directions more quickly; using the throttle to pivot out of a turn was much more readily done with the big bore in place. Handling-wise, our biggest gripe was that even with this many dollars’ worth of mods installed, the bike still did not have a steering stabilizer, and that was evident in a slight instability at higher speeds. With the shorter seat foam, the bike felt wider than with the taller, pointy-er foam. The added grunt made it seem lighter overall than the stock bike. However, the front end tended to push a bit in the corners. Fortunately, the bike slid well, and the trials tire was outstanding for both flat tracking around turns as well as navigating tricky rock sections. The Fasst Company footpegs and X-Trig PHDS handlebar mount removed nearly 100% of the vibration from the bike, and the end result was a smooth, comfortable ride that could be enjoyed for very long distances.