My first motorcycle ride ever was two months ago on the 2003 WR450 I bought. It has all the free mods and an GYTR carbon fiber pipe. HOLY S this thing scared me at first. It's still way too much for me on tight trails but I LOVE it everywhere else. I was (and still am) a total rookie but the 450 in open areas is great for me. I really need a 250 for trails though.