It is obvious to the educated motorcycle rider that honda makes the best bike out there. They are second to none on reliability, ease of maintenance, and performance. Other than bikes bastardized by a poor mechanic, a honda will rarely have a problem. I've had cr250s, a cr 500 and a crf450r all with great results. I beat the shit out of all the bikes i've had and the hondas never gernade. My kids have had various crfs with never an issue. None ever broke down. Yzs and kxs we have had were towed in numerous times. I never had to split cases or do tranny work until i tried other brands. Ktms always had stuff fall off. Keeping a honda well maintained doesn't require special tools. Give the allen head set to your friend on the ktm. And the hardware doesn't strip out or fall off on the trail. On top of all that, hondas simply haul ass.