I finally got to see the 297C today. I ran over to San Diego (3hr one way) and got to demo one. All I can say is WOW!! Comparing my 450ct to the 297c is like comparing an International pickup truck to to a Caddilac Escalde. I don't even know where to start on how much better the engineering is and how well thought out this machine is. It is way more ergonomic and user friendly and the engine access is unreal. I am at a loss of words on how much better this machine is. It was fully loaded, (so is my 450ct) which is the same way I would get one. If the numbers are good I'm placing my order tomorrow. I feel like a kid at Christmas, I hope it doesn't take too long.