Well put. Point 3 will help, but isn't absolutely needed. On point 2, I don't know if I would go all the way to "junk" but the OEM 742FA/756 combo does have a pretty limited range of soils in which it works. I tried a 742FA, and was quickly disappointed.
I know that I am going to take some heat for this but it is the truth. The YZ will never turn like the Honda regardless of which offset you use. The Yami has no flair or flash when it comes to turning. The 24mm triple clamps will only make a very minor difference on the 08 and without careful set up you will not realize any advantages. Still the Honda will turn easier. Listen and Listen good though----The Honda will never be as resilient, stable, or reliable as the YZ. (Probably take heat for that statement too) To get the best handling out of the blue (or white) yz450f many factors will actually work in unison to aid in reducing the push factor and give the bike a more planted feel on flat or sweeping corners.
1 - 24mm offset or stock. In my opinion the stock work just as good for these reasons: They are nearly a half pound heavier than the Applied Set (more wieght on front end = more bite). Secondly, the stock clamps have a newly designed ribbed gusseting built into to them which feed more flex into the fork tubes.
2- Ditch the stock rear 120 tire for a 110 (For that matter ditch the stock tire s altogether! THEY ARE JUNK!
3- Get the DRD radiator lowering Kit. By moving the radiator weight down 20mm, you will get a more planted feel in the corners. You will need the DRD "low-boy" head pipe if you perform this mod.
4 - Get the best Terrain specific tires available!
5 - The YZF will turn better if the motor is set up for torque instead of rev and if it is ridden this way. Keep this in mind when buying pipes or motor work.
Otherwise, this advice is spot on. The aluminum framed YZF's have a great deal of effort put into them to centralize as much of the mass as possible, and one of the interesting side effects of that is that the bike becomes more sensitive to small changes. Even having the handlebar too low will contribute to pushing the front. Ultimately, your body position will be one of the biggest influences. Try deliberately scooting forward one inch or so from wherever you happen to be as you approach each turn. You'll be surprised.