Just got back from my first viewing of a YZF450, it is very different looking, I was surprised by the complexity and shape of the rad shroud/air box access. The underside of the rear fender has several holes that will no doubt plug with mud. It has the highest mount point I have seen for an oil sight glass, love to get a ride on one, it definately has a "futuristic" look to it. Kudos to Yamaha for taking some risks in a tough market. It kinda grows on you, hope they are as durable as the last generation!