I don't own one, but got a couple laps on my friends new one today and would have to agree with DBH's post. He changed the bars out to the highest profile renthal fatty's and left the suspension clickers where they were at. Handling is very good - it turns great. I have a feeling when the front suspension breaks in a little, it will turn even better since it seems to ride a little high in the stroke. The front end did settle nice and stay put during turns tho. Great ergonomics - I ride a honda and did not feel crampled like I usually do when I hop on a yamaha. Very linear, powerful motor. Decieving - the rear wheel will break free or the front end will come up before you expect it to. Suspension was on the stiff side when I was getting a little used to it, but once I got up to speed it did not feel stiff - just right. Very balanced. It starts very easily and the motor has no noticable vibration at all. What tops it all off is the nicely spaced 5 speed tranny. On his 05' 4 speed I would tend to shift too early to third and would lug third a bit. The 06' has seamless power on tap with the 5 speed. 3rd gear is more versatile - I can lug it where I would have to shift to 2nd on the 05'. And you can shift about anywhere you want without losing any drive. It I had to compare it to anything I would have to say engine/power/tranny is right on par with an 05 Cr450 but I think the suspension is a little better? Hard to tell since the suspension was fresh off the showroom. I don't know if it is lighter or not, but it feels a few pounds lighter - they definitely got the weight a little lower. Very noticable improvement in the tighter s-turn sections of the track over the 05'. The 05' is definitely obsolete and I loved it - and I am a 2 stroke guy if that means anything. I think I know what my next bike will be. Now I have to start saving for one so I can trade my tired 03' 2 stroke in!