Well then let me live in the past. A lot of WRF's that are a few years old are starting to hand grenade here in OZ. If i want to live in recent history i will ride my cr500 and in a straight line blow the doors off any modern new fangled race bike. I know what you are talking about as I own a XR650R But I reckon the 450X, as tho other race bike, is a great bike, fast, easy to handle. I guess Honda could add more oil and a more reliable engine, something like the DRZ400E and leave the CRF450R for mx and enduro race.