I was going to post this as a question inside a post I read earlier about what you guy's are going to do to your bike when you get it. I was surprised. I'm just curious and don't want to take the wind out of anybody's sails as I too am looking into the purchase of a WR my self, but why throw down $6800.00 approx. then throw several thousands of dollars in mods into it ? Is it not good enough out of the box ? I too would put guards on it, but some of the lists sounded like they are only buying the bike for the motor and replacing everything else. (exception for super motard guys) I'm on the fence with this delima as it sounds like some of these WR's are CA Green and some are RED Stickered.... Now I'm looking at a Cannondale E440R as a contender. It's about the same ammount of money, with all of the goodies already on it. I love Yamaha as a brand (own one of their fantastic boats), but I come from a DH MTB background so the Cannondale brand intrigues me as well. I live near the beach, but will also be riding alot in Mammoth Lakes area of CA 8,000 ft. I'm not overly mechanically inclined so re-jetting carbs for altitude are a turn off. I could use your guys expertise on this one.