I have been debating on which bike to buy. I have looked in to a couple 03 450's and just found an 02. The 02 can be bought for $3000. It had the piston/rings/valves done over the summer and has new tires, sprockets, chain and brakes. Is there much difference from an 02 to 03 that a 34 year old, 6', 200lb novice could detect? I have heard bad things about the valve problems and steering offset. I really feel I should go to a CRF250, but I really don't get to ride that much and would kind of like to keep the cost down. The thought of spending $6000 on a new bike and only putting 10-15 hrs on it over next summer...doesn't make a lot of sense. I have ridden an 03 a couple times and it is a handfull, but fun. I have talked to a guy that went to a CRF250 from the 450 and he says he's faster. I am coming off a CR250 and had a DRZ400 before that. I am not in any hurry to buy, as I won't be riding in the winter. Thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions!