Just want to have a whinge to anyone that'll listen. And what brought this on was having a race with a guy on a 2011 kx450 just for fun and also having a look at service honda website. Now i understand the GFC and all that good gear but people are still buying new bikes. which brings me to my gripe and like the title states "it ain't rocket surgery " Kawasaki had a crack at the offroad market with the klx450r and for a first attemp i thought it was a great machine and the klx250 was in no way a stable platform to build from and the klx400 was just a DR400. As all new things go it had some issues and teething problems and slow sales due to the financial crisis. Now in 2011 this would be the best time for kawi to take the market by the balls and deliver something to squash all the european manufactures at well lets face it thier own game. And this is how its could be done. KLX450R Use the KX/KLX as a base again but with a few changes 1) F.I 2) Shave 10 pound (most from the top of the bike) 3)Upgrade the charging system 4)Revised chain slider (possibly T.M as stock) 5)sort the chain slap 6)quick release seat with top access to the filter with no tools 7)revised header route/maybe length 8)cooling fan (option) More options: KLX250R Same as the 450 just with a 250f F.I with E Start (same tranny would be fine) KLX300R Same chassis again but a 2t 300cc (not hard to source a motor from any 2t manufactures or mod one of thier old 250's service honda has no probs shoe horning 2t's into 450 frames) I bought a kwaka cause i've loved them since i was a kid and the 450R was the only option for me and that was the issue. The two other bike options would not take a huge budget to accomplish as the R&D is already there And fixing the 450 issues is chicken feed. This is just what i have been mulling over for quite some time and knowing that kawasaki heavy Ind.is more interested in making trains and other big ticket money making items, but look people there is a market ready to be exploited as not everyone wants or can afford a KTM or have dealers for gassers and huskys. Sorry for this post as i know its all been said before but i just wanted to throw in my two cents. The KLX has the right stuff to be the best.