Saved for three years since the 12 500 exc came out. Finally got a 14 500 exc. otd with re gearing, chain, hand guards, springs, skid plate, tubliss front and rear,rear disc gard, radiator gards, brp mount and scotts stabilizer and narrow all in one tail light, I'm at about 12750. Best money i ever spent. Its like driving a Ferrari crossed with a bad ass rock crawler. The bike dances. You definitely get what you pay for. I was afraid i wouldn't be able to justify it. After riding my buddys totally tricked out 07 525exc it was obviously worth it. The suspension and power are just ridiculously better. In three years I'll sell you mine for 9800 and get a new one. That is the beauty of the new ktm's. They hold value. Really after the first painful purchase you can have a new bike for 1100$ per year. The real proof is the fact that you don't see many 2012's for sale yet. If you want the best street legal dirt bike you have to pay the piper.