Regarding the chassis, I was impressed with the overall handling of the bike. I noticed it sits a bit low in the rear; I prefer less sag and more of a stinkbug setup, but overall feel of the bike was good. Regarding braking, the oversize front rotor gives the bike an enormous advantage in stopping power. I like to drag the front brake through corners, so a larger rotor helps brake control tremendously. My two minor complaints with the new RM-Z450 would be the footpegs and seat, as both could use a little more grip for my liking. Also, the bike comes stock with a Renthal Fatbar, and I prefer a crossbar, but that’s more of a personal preference. As for the lack of electric start, it’s not a deal breaker for me. I was always told, “If you can’t start it, you can’t ride it.” I will say electric start is very convenient when you’re tired and you stall the bike.