Ok. I have ridden my 09 3 times. The first time was just some trail riding with my wife to break it in. The second time was on a practice night on a track I have never been to and the bike was completely stock. The third time was race night in slightly muddy conditions with 2 foot deep ruts with my DR D exhaust on it with the 1 size larger pilot and moved the clip from third position to 4th. My thoughts before riding it. I love the additoinal mounting position of the handle bars. I am 6' 2" and put my KX high contours on it in the forward most position. This made the bars a little taller and gave me a more forward riding position. The clutch is more adjustable but means nothing to me. I have big hands and like the clutch all the way out like normal. Looks of the bike is awesome. I love the black wheels and the gold chain (chain doesn't look like it will hold up any better than the previous version). First real ride on a track in stock form. Suspension is very stiff, to be expected on a new bike. New swing arm, ok, can't tell any difference from my 08. Handling is the same. Corners ok. I don't feel any pushing with the front in the middle of the corners. It turns about the same as the 08 and depends on body positioning and sag. Motor, feels just like the 08 with the crappy shorty exhaust. A little boring our of corners, hate the sound, and finally feels normal when you get going through the gears. Shifting feels to be a little better but I am not the right person to judge this. I had to have my foot wired together back in the 90's and it doesn't move in the up direction as much as it use to. First race. A little muddy but with the DR D exhaust and correct jetting. Motor wakes up a lot, just like on the 08. Feels very strong and can run a gear higher. Suspension is still very rough. I am not a suspension expert, but I felt like I was geting kicked around so I slowed down the rebound and it felt a little better. Can't complain to much, I got 2nd in +30 expert and 1st in +35 expert. Summary. I am not the typical person. My dad owns a Yamaha dealership so I change bikes every year because the money is right. I like to have the newest bike available. It is nice to have a fresh bike. There difinetly is a difference between a year old 08 and a new 09 in how fresh everything feels. The new bike looks great, but only the people I know have even noticed that it is a 09 and not an 08. Some of the adjustment features are nice but not really that bike of a deal. If I was someone that was watching my dollars and had a 07 or older, I would have to tell you to grab a great deal on an 08, slap some black rims on it and tell everyone it is an 09 and hope they don't notice the different swing arm. Don't get me wrong. I love the new 09 and I am a die hard Yamaha man. But for me, it is just a fresh 08 with some sweet @ss rims on it. So I continue to wait on EFI, because I hate to jet carbs, and modify my 09 to make it better for me. I have my KX high bend contours on it, a tall SDG seat, F2 Racing fuel/air screw, DR D radiator lowering kit on order, and after the next race the suspension will be off to Factory Connections. After that, I am sure it will be one bad @ss 08, I mean 09, racing machine.