I'm surprised your buddy's bike ran at all with the without the throttle stop and baffle removed. If you think it's close now, wait till he opens the thing up. Right now it's choked down like an XR400. Your comparison between your two bikes makes me laugh and can't be considered serious by anyone on the WR forum.
Glad you enjoyed the stock vs stock comparison. But I think you contradicted yourself.
I'll let my buddy get the mods done and I'll mod my bike by switching to the CX map and we will try it again and compare power. What's a CX map? If you only knew.
Yeah I agree with you on the motor. It was much too big an undertaking for such a small company. The good thing is the motor is there now so there is no reason to scrap it. Sure we had a lot of growing pains just like your woodruff keys and jetting. All the Dale things have been addressed and worked out on the motor. Every single one of them. And they have all been minor things just like the WR problems. The owners just need to implement the changes and checks just like you guys do.
I think part of the problem with most, is the fear of the new design. It's so new that all problems sound incredibly serious because something new has to be learned. But I must tell you, the system is so simple once you figure it out, you would kick yourself. It's way simpler than carb jetting so if you got that down a Cannondale FI system would be a breeze.
Whoever buys Cannondale I just hope they are big enough to finish what Cannondale started and have the funding to make it work.
BTW I said the WR was pretty good and still hold to that opinion.