I can't believe I would ever say this of a 450 but the 08 motor is weak. It's the most boring motor I've ever rode. It had the feel of a 125 (all top end) I never needed more then my 05 crf450 could give and I loved the spread of power. I ride the desert in Utah and I found myself having to shift a ton on the yz. The whole bike felt so vanilla:banghead: . The suspension was a tragedy but thats due to the clickers. I'm thinking of selling or trading and getting a kx. What do you guys think? can you pump character into this bike cheaply? or should I just get the kawi? also what clicker settings do you run? i'm fast amatuer 175lbs desert. Thanks guys What! Blasphemy! ha ha jk but i have an 08 450 with the Dr. D full exhaust and my bike moves! I have had a lot of friends ride it that ride other brands(KTM, Honda) and they think its a powerhouse!