I don't get the focus on aluminum frames; Honda's much-awaited 450X is heavier than the 05 WR450 -- and was generally a disappointment. Elton
The Honda seems very well received by media and riders alike from what I've seen, being a top pick (along with the KTM) in overall performance at the Dirt Rider 24 hr multi bike 450 comparison, and preferred by far to the KTM when comfort was factored in. It's how the Honda carries it's weight that helped it, and how the Yamaha
carries its weight that has hurt it, in the past at least... even being comparied unfavorably to the XR650R in one comparison last year, nevermind the 450's!
Still, the WR is improved and right there with them. I think it was done a disservice however, with the 2005 changes overlooked in the wake of the new 450X. Funny though, when reading what maintenance was done to the bikes (oil changes, oil added, valves adjusted) you had to look carefully... as it was never really mentioned what bike nothing was done to! Guess which one that was?