I just read the review that was written in the November '08 issue of Trail Rider Magazine and I was a little disappointed in some of the comments that were made. They basically say (I'm paraphrasing here) that the STOCK WRR is a good trail bike but not made for riding in enduro races or Hare scrambles, etc... While I agree that maybe the bike wasn't meant to race "out of the box" as they say in the article, I have personally ridden my WRR in 2 enduro events and the bike performed nicely. I, on the other hand, didn't perform as well. The first enduro (my first one ever) was the 2008 Sparkplug in Washington and I "houred-out" by checkpoint 4. The WRR wasn't the problem, it was my lack of preparation, conditioning and skill. My second enduro was the 2008 Black Bear, also in Washington and I actually finished 4th out of 9 riders in the "Sportsman" class. Keep in mind that the bike is entirely stock with the exception of the handguards, skidplate and the removal of turn signals. I even used the terrible stock tires. My point is that while there may be better bikes out there for competing in enduro races, etc... the Wr250R is a very capable bike... and with just a few simple and relatively inexpensive mods, (like tires, sprockets and maybe exhaust), this bike could be competitive with a good rider. If anyone has any similar experiences or just a thought about this, I'd be interested in hearing about it. If you're interested in reading about my rides, go HERE.