The pro: Yes, I rode one. Today. It was magical.
The con: While I'm not totally wet behind the ears, you might trust feedback from those with many years of trials riding under their belt. That's definitely not me. Still, here's my lowly feedback. 😋
My background - riding for 40+years, but technical dirt riding is new-ish to me. Started trail riding 7-8 years ago, got on with more technical things on a Beta Xtrainer about 9 months back. Trials riding, even newer. I've been aboard a 4rt for several months, riding 3-4x a week and progressing nicely.
My wife and I are on a trip right now, and as luck would have it - we were passing nearby LewisportUSA, the US Vertigo importer. I've a friend who took a private lesson from Adrian Lewis and recommended him, so my intent was to get feedback from a professional, have my basics evaluated and put any feedback to work on my 4rt when I return home.
I don't have my bike with me, so rented one from Lewisport. Adrian started me on the Vertigo 250, and for the most part - I liked it far better than my 4rt almost immediately. I was more at ease, felt more balanced and the weight difference was very obvious to me. I actually found the 250 smoother than the 4rt down low, but at my skill level - the 2t snap was something to contend with when opening up the throttle more. And again, given my skill level - that happens with a bit of frequency inadvertently. Nothing scary, but it was definitely in the back of my mind at all times.
During our lunch break, I shared with Adrian wisdom read here about the Beta Evo 200. Basically, that so many of y'all have given it such rave reviews, and how it's plenty of bike for most riders. To which Adrian replied..."I've got a Vertigo 200 in the van. Want to try it out?"
It was his wife's bike, a 2020 one ride fresh, and I jumped at the chance. Let me say this...there was NOTHING subtle about the difference in this bike compared to the 250, and certainly not compared to my 4rt. Everything was easy. I hopped aboard, and was immediately holding static balance for 30 seconds - something I've struggled to maintain for more than 5 seconds prior. You could ride it down low however you wanted...plenty of clutch slipping (which is feather light and super smooth), or just roll the throttle on easy with no clutch. Wonderfully smooth and predictable in every situation, and just dang easy to ride. I spent the second half of the training on that bike, and it's not an exaggeration to say I was doing things I never expected to be doing. It was that good. And, while it did everything more smoothly than anything I'd ridden - it definitely was no slouch when you wanted to open up the throttle. However, that addicting yet totally controllable snap comes on at 3/4 throttle and higher RPM's, so being surprised with an inadvertent roll on never happened. It hit hard when I wanted it to, and only when I wanted it to.
So, how much did I like it? I bought one. The decision, while unexpected was easy...I've never been this excited about a new bike, and there have been a few for me.