I posted this question on the Suzuki forum and havent had much response. I hope you folks can help me a little more... I grew up riding 2 strokes and I love the sudden burst of power however, I'm now 30 and haven't ridden that much in the last few years and was punished by a YZ 250 last sunday (wheelied too far and went over backwards...ouch). I have a few friends that ride the DRZ 400 from Suzuki and they tell me that it is the "cat's meow". Pleanty of power but it's smooth 4 stroke style power without the burst or whiplash. I don't really know if thats good or bad since I am so used to the 2 stroke hit. What is the 426 like in comparison to the YZ 250. What is it like when the power gets "turned on"? My riding style...I may play MX every now and then but I really enjoy fast trail ridin and hill climbs like Carnegie and Hollister if you are in CA. Anyhow, thanks for your time. Chad L. Dwyer "DILZDAD"