I'm happy to see that the valve talk has somewhat died down.I know its a big issue with are little red Buddy's but geezz ,for a while there this was pretty much the "CRF250VALVEBOARD" When I first joined this board (when I got my 05)I thought my bike was going to die just looking at it! I have to admit it scared the s**t out of me. Ive come to realize as most of you have, if you have some mechanical aptitude and ability,and use some of the great how to stuff on this board,along with religious maintenance,ther is a 99 percent chance you will be just fine. My 05 R is the best bike Ive ever had bar none. Ive owned nothing but CR's and CRF's since I was 8 years old(14 of em) and love this Honda brand like its a family member.Ive always had the confidence that Ive had the most well built brand on the track, and Ive watched other peoples blue,yellow,and green bikes deteriorate while my Honda still looked and performed like new. Its to bad that people are so scared of this valve issue that they are actually considering not buying a CRF because of it.I get the question all the time "Is it worth putting up with all that maintenance? Is it that good? In two words: "HELL YES!" Ok I'm done rambling,just remember- Check check shim replace! Check shim replace! I think I will keep my microdust infested Honda,thank you.