I am looking to replace my trusty XR250 as soon as I can afford to and I have always been a Honda fan. However, reading these forums the CRFs are all about valve adjustments and top end over hauls and what valves to replace the stock ones with when yours go bad. The KLXs are all about dead batteries, over heating and petcocks puncturing the left radiator in a minor tip over. The KTM dealer is just too far way and Suzuki does not make a green sticker legal 450 off-road bike. That leaves the Yamy. So far the only down side I can find to the WR is the fact that I will need to wrench on it right away to let it breath and get full throttle. But seeing as how I have had to re-jet every other dirt bike I have ever owned this wont be a problem for me and I am having a hard time finding a serious flaw or weak spot on the late model WRs. I don't really like the blue color but I think I can live with that. I'm thinkin a new 08 WR450F could easily last me 8-9 years like my XR did. I also like the larger skid plate and trip meter better than the Honda's and I like Pro-Tapers better than Renthals.