The handling on the KLX110 is as fine as ever. The bike has a good suspension balance front-to-rear and the handling is nimble, and riders didn't feel the added weight of the starter. The 110L has roughly an inch more travel, sits higher, has more clearance for the rider's legs, and the controls and footpegs-especially the under-footpeg brake lever-don't drag as easily. The engine is up higher, and you do feel that, but most riders felt the difference was worth it, and most liked the manual clutch. Kawasaki has done a great job in setting the suspension to be stiff enough to take a beating from kids jumping it (you know that's all kids want to do anyways!) while at the same time hold up an adult who thinks they are a kid. Both front and rear have decent bottoming resistance but you can still get them to clank. And watch the footpeg bolts as they screw into the cases-you don't want them to tear out. Yet even for a new rider right in the size range for either of these bikes, the suspension will get the job done and give room to grow. Both 110s are better for larger, more aggressive riders, but with the new electric start the KLX is better than ever for new riders.The drum brakes are a little on the soft side for anyone used to discs, but they slow the bike fine and are not intimidating for a first timer who may not be so coordinated with the controls. The KLX has been picked on for is its overall weight, right at 160 pounds without gas. It feels a bit heavy compared to some of its competition, especially when picking it up after a tumble, but the additional weight of the electric starter did not make a noticeable difference in weight feel to our testers. Durability on these bikes has been excellent in our experience. The motor, when left stock, is bulletproof. Over time the suspension valving will fade and the footpegs and especially the rear brake pedal will get wrapped around and bent. But the big pieces hold up just fine to all normal abuse.The 2010 KLX110 and KLX110L are a perfect upgrade from an already successful model. Kawasaki made all the right improvements, wrapped it in a more stylish skin and included a second size to more fully round out the line, providing more options for buyers out there. As a first or second machine for a young guy, you can't go wrong. Especially considering they can keep riding it as they get older, and you can, too.