Good replies. I ride a GasGas 300, and have always read about the 450s being bad in the woods, flame out, stiff suspension, etc. - then I got on my buddy's '04 CRF 450R and had a blast, even on tight singletrack. Yes, if I was racing enduros it would be the wrong tool; but for play-riding I was surprised at how light and nimble it was, it turned well - and yes, the gearing was wrong, but it seemed like a Rekluse would fix that (good input on that subject, Polishhammer.) So I started thinking that all of the "bad press" on heavy Hondas had to do with the "X."
I'll probably give the Berg a try. So one more question, notwithstanding knowing that I need to just go ride one.
I've heard they have a loud "intake honk," with the air filter right in front of the seat. I'm thinking that will annoy me.
Did that bother any of you?