Our biggest problem with the Yamaha is that it's not really ready to ride. You have to rejet it and remove the throttle stop. We don't understand why. For that reason alone, the Kawasaki wins round two.
While there is no disputing that the WR comes out of the crate plugged up, isn't it true that over 90% of WR riders get that taken care of right away? My dealer did the "free mods" for me - for free - before I took the bike out the door.
Every time I read a review of the WRs, that seems to take center stage. Why is that such a big hang-up will all of these magazine guys? It seems like such a non-issue.
Oh, and let me be clear. I have nothing against any of the other bikes, including and especially the KLX. That very well may be my next bike in a couple of years.