The first ride test of the new Honda CRF250L in this weeks MCN says it is 'novice-friendly'.
And mostly it would seem to be but as I saw an old 70's Bultaco Matador recently, it reminded me that virtually all of these new bikes could be a lot 'friendler'.
Because the Matador was blessed with a fabulous fully enclosed final drive, a really top quality bit of kit with a neat aluminium case covering the rear sprocket and two rubberised tubes covering both chain runs that were securely located to extrusions on the gearbox and the aforementioned ally cover.
Thus the final drive chain was completely protected from the elements, and for an off road bike that means water, mud and other crud.
You'd almost think this feature would be mandatory for a bike that uses chain final drive, especially off road bikes, but instead it is almost unheard of on new machines.