I am not an experienced rider and I do great on an 02 426. Just remember that smooth throttle control will keep you in one piece. If you're smart with the throttle that bike will be loads of fun and will do anything you have the guts to try. Just don't start feeling to much testosterone and think you are RC and do something stupid. I dump mine every so often but have avoided any real injuries because I ride at my level and not the high-end ameture MX racer's I ride with.