I got to read most of article on the 450s in Dirtrider. I think it was a good write up, I agree the the KTMs are close to perfection, they're slim, light and fast, not to metion all the great stuff that comes of the bike (love that new computer). It's no wonder why you see so many guys switching over to the orange bikes. The Honda
got great reviews, it'll be interesting to see if how their valve train will hold up to the drooling reviews of the bike. Looks like Honda hit a homerun with the bike in its first year, pretty impressive but what else would you expect from them, they have always made great bikes. It almost felt like the WR was more compaired to last years WR model than all the other models in the comparison. They loved the exhaust
If you pulled the restrictive stock exhaust off and replaced it with a quiet free flowing designed pipe you would see completely different numbers on their radar gun run. I do understand though, they want to compare quiet, stock bikes not loud ones... Even though I have different appreciation for the Yamaha
and its handling characteristics I thought Jimmy Lewis and his boys did a great job.. Dirtrider is getting back to being a top notch publication again, thanks to him...