Of the three bikes, the FC 450 was obviously the fastest. The power, though, doesn’t hit hard with the initial crack of the throttle. Rather, it comes on in a gradual linear manner that is controllable and fun to ride. The bike has a lightweight feel, and the new bodywork makes the feel slim from the saddle. The suspension works well, and, as on the 250 and 350, the fork and shock withstand hard hits while keeping the bike balanced and plush on rough straights and braking bumps. In tight corners, though, it was necessary for the rider to move as far forward as possible to initiate the turn. In most corners, though, the FC 450 liked to go exactly where we wanted.