I always wonder things like "Why did that man pick a 1996 Ford Countour to buy as a used car when there were so many other cool cars to buy in the same price range if he only had looked around". Always. Well, I suspect that the answer is "He knew some one with what he knew was a reliable car for the right price when he needed a car". That's knda what's happening to me. I have access to a like new 2005 WR450 for cheep money with a street title. I have looked at a bunch of other options but seriously, why pay as much or more for a bike that I know little or nothing about to get a little different power delivery or a little quicker handling? My question though is for those of you on the East Coast (word), especially New England. Do you like your 450 for our kind of riding? Do you race it or trail ride it? Did you have something before it? WHat? A Good Deal is only good if you are getting something that you can actually use and enjoy. I know there are lots of guys who love their 450s but I am particularly interested in what the New Englanders and East Coasters think about these bikes in the snotty, rocky, muddy Eastern Forest. Peace.