I usually lurk in the WR forum, but I figure I would give you YZ guys a crack at this.... First, what I got now: 2004 WR 450, all free mods done. Second, what I know: Nothing! The 04 is my first dirt bike, and I have nothing to compare it too. Third, why? I have it my mind that I will get a brand new bike once fuel injection comes out (or maybe the second year of fuel injection). It will be a Yamaha for sure. I was in at the dealer, picking some things up for the WR, and sat on a brand new YZ 450. I could NOT believe how much lighter it felt...just sitting on it! Next - I would not have to do anything to a new YZ at all for "manditory mods" (grey wire, AIS, exhaust....etc..etc...). Then, there is the fact that I'm 240 pounds, without gear, and again, I would not have to touch the YZ suspension for trail riding. I have to think that the stock YZ suspension is probably better suited to my weight then the stock WR suspension. I should mention, I only trail ride, no track/racing. Conditions? All over the map, rock, beaches, mud, dirt, tight stuff, fire roads, secondary dirt roads, everything except baja/desert (I'm in New Brunswick, Canada, on the Atlantic coast. There does not appear to be any WR's (or CRF-X's for that matter) around here, but lots of YZ's, and CRF-R's on the trails. E-start, side stand, light, not high on the "must have " list. Is there anything I don't like about the WR? No, but, I have nothing to compare it too. The 2 BIGGEST factors are weight, and absolutly no need to mod. Do my reasons make sence to you guys?