Here’s my question and theory. How long do you think it will be when you walk into a shop, be it Yamaha, Honda, etc, and only be able to walk out with a thumper. It can not be too far off. I was thinking of the new Honda CR450F. Hmm, Why would Honda want to use the CR classification? For that matter, why did Yamaha use the YZ classification for there new racing thumper. Why didn’t they use the XR, which has been the premiere thumper for years? Or give it a new lettering designation. I think it hit me today. Both the YZ and the CR have customer recognition and expectance. How would you feel after years of riding 2 smokers, your bike is know a 4 stroke and has a different lettering designation? Your world might come to an end. I believe they are using the existing and excepted lettering in the cross over to 4 strokes to retain customer recognition and expectance. If I rode a Honda CR250, I might find it hard to swallow riding a XR, even if it was improved. After all a XR is a great bulletproof trail bike but I want the snap of a CR 2 smoker if all possible. One might start looking a different brands and that the last thing manufacturers want you to do. Yamaha too is using the same theory. It’s inevitable and not far off - Not far off at all. So all you 2 smoker best be ready, the manufactures already have been strategizing for your money, so it can’t be long. Name recognition is strong with consumers and they know it. ------------------ 01 WR426 Uncorked.