I have been a long time fan of 2-strokes and have heard all about the maintence $ involved with a thumper and I have never liked the engine breaking of a 4 stroke. Having said that I find myself wanting a NEW (not new to me) bike. I currently have a heavily modified 02 cr250 (the only upgrades I could do is A-kits and a few more ti pieces). With the new am ama rule of a true 250 class a 450 would allow me to race more classes. I what I hear about the ktm and it has e-start (and is still lighter than the Kawi), I like the looks and what I hear about the engine of the Kawi, I like the looks of the honda the most but from what I hear everything else is junk on it, I hear the Zook has the best chassis, If Service made a 09-10 framed bike I would like the looks but it wouldn't help with the 2 class thing. So I guess I am looking for your opinions on, handling, reliability, power..... Any advice would be apreciated thanks.