I read & see a lot of post with complaints about Yamaha Dealerships ability to provide decent to good customer support & service. Lately a lot of you are "IN AWE OVER THIS NEW CRF450". Yes, at first glimpse my mouth was watering too,until I remembered how stiff that frame is. A lot of you probably have decided to sell your 426's for this Red bike, even the less than 10% of you who have never found out what 5th gear wide open can feel like, or reving out to 12000rpm. I keep reading this "Yamaha support sux,Honda is the best". Let me tell you this: I found out today that Yamaha is going to replace approx $400.00 in parts from my 2001 WR426 with 3 rides on it, WAY past the expiration of the warranty period. I bought this bike back on Dec. 12 2000. Do you know why? Not because I bring my bikes to them for service. I do not. The reason is this: I believe in making friends with people that share my same interest. In this case, my Tuner "MXTUNER" & some of the Service Technicians at several of the Yamaha dealerships. They ride & race just like you & me. Do you know what they say about us, the customers. "If most of our customers could only be more friendly, not raise Hell everytime they foul a plug, expect perfect jetting from initial bike set up", or this one " what do you mean I need in new top end every 10 to 15hrs on my YZ125/250? What are you !@#$@#$% Crazy!" Oh, and I guess it helps to buy several bikes & the occasional part from these dealerships. So in closing, if you decide to sell your 426 to buy the new 450, so be it. But, when you come over to my neck of the woods, prepared to get spanked by my new Yamaha Super Thumper!