Although the KX450F won our 2011 shootout, Kawasaki didn't settle for making minor tweaks to last years platform. They went all out and did some major redesigning, which resulted in one very innovative new ride. The list of changes goes like this: A system known as launch control is new to the Kawi and is derived from the 2011 supercross race bikes. There are three pre-programmable ignition maps that allow the rider to choose the stock setting, a more aggressive setting and a mellow setting for low-traction scenarios. The engine has undergone many changes and from the first day of testing, I agree with the new setup. A slimmer frame makes for an easier to ride, smaller and more maneuverable package that requires less energy to handle. The transmission has also seen some upgrades that are targeted for easier shifting. The handle bar and footpegs have been given tuning options to help fit the rider. You have four different handlebar positions to choose from and the footpegs can be lowered 5mm from the stock position. A new fuel tank, redesigned bodywork, a new pipe and a shorter muffler all contribute to lowering the center of gravity. And like always on the KX450F you get the cool looking DLC coated fork tubes and black rims that make any bike look great.There are so many different settings and adjustments to play with that the majority of our first day of testing was dedicated to playing with handlebar positions, footpeg mounts and the different ignition settings that come stock. It really gives you a chance to feel for a setting that you are comfortable with, without having to purchase expensive aftermarket pieces. This is probably one of the biggest pros, especially for the rider on a budget. Just think about playing around with clamp offsets before you gamble upwards of $500 for a set of triple clamps that might not be exactly what you wanted.