Okay, we've seen at least half a dozen sorrowful threads in the past two months, along the lines of "What's Honda gonna do to replace our beloved 650R? What's Honda gonna dooooo?!". We've read conjecturing ranging from Klingon-sourced Ion Drives, to re-badged KX-500's. So, for sake of argument let's say that Honda has spent so much coin throwing titanium at their 450 and 250 four-stroke platforms that they don't have enough money to do a proper new 650 platform. (Bastards.) Let's pretend they do a classic Harley Davidson remake: they license some innovative and popular kit from a top after-market supplier, and breathe new life (in our case, e-start) into our proven, un-challenged, open-class Baja Rey. So we now have factory e-start (no whinning, you die-hard, right-leg-mini-muscle-builder Republican elitists). We also have a factory DS variant as well, so lots more people (though not Baja Designs) are happy. So here's the trick question: What does Honda do with The Holy Grail of Bullet-Proof Engines? "Bold new graphics" ain't gonna hack it, Norma Jean. "Improved" demands they give us SOMETHING in the way of more power. But, we are spoiled on 24-hours-at-redline reliability as well, so how do they give us more power without sacrificing more than just a teenie bit of reliability? Okay, I'll fess up: this thread has two purposes: 1) it gives us a chance to second-guess Honda's Next Big Thing. (I mean, think about it: the XR650R?! It IS the Baja 1000! They come out with a replacement, and they screw it up?! Heads--lots of heads--will roll, sports fans. And the press will eat Honda's lunch, and make them pick up the tab!), and, 2) it gives us die-hard, "I'll-never-give-up-my-650R-and-you-are-a-Commie-pinko-for-asking" guys ideas about how to improve our uncorked engine's performance without sacrificing any significant reliability. It will give us a solid plan for a safe next step, after "Uncork". So: What WOULD Honda do?