Not in my case Aaron, it is the reality from my 40min ride test on one......the bike is sweet don't get me wrong, but like every first year attempt it does have some issues that need to be worked out....thankfully not as many as the 09 CRF450 ...remember magazines are there to help sell bikes, MXA was very very much on the mark with the 2010. Bike of the Year is meaningless....unless you wanted a Cannondale Bike of the Year is meaningless? So what the magazines say are meaningless? But you were actually the first person in this thread to regurgitate exactly what MXA said so it must mean something. And how do you know if the 2010 Yamaha has less (or more) "issues" than the Honda? Because you read about the Hondas "issues" in MXA? So now the magazines aren't meaningless because MXA were the main ones with Honda issues? You'll find dozens of guys on TT that love their Honda and thousands or more beyond it but that isn't really the point. I just say that because I don't think they have issues with the Honda. So I guess they aren't meaningless?