Maybe these guys tested a different WR450 than what I have, or they're a bunch of whimps. Statements like " it can be a handful when the power hits" or how about Tom Carson saying its mellow on the bottom then hits with a little too much torque. Or John Bumgarner saying the motor "too violent for less than ideal conditions" The only guy that knows what he's talking about is Jason Webb when he said the power delivery is is smoother for good tractable power. Now is it just me that thinks this bike has one of the smoothist power bands around, I don't detect any real hit at all and they're talking like it hits so hard you can;t control it. Then I read on how much they liked the XR400, then it hit me, yea they're whimps.