The "$3K better" thing is a red herring, anyway. In the first place, if you shop just a little, you should be able to get a 2010 for $8000 or so OTD, and '09's are still fetching $5500+ in many places (one member here just paid that for an '08, and was happy to get the deal), so $3K is a bit of a stretch to start with. I know there are exceptions on both sides of that, so don't bother.
It's been that way every year for the last several, anyway, particularly in '06, when the Gen2 450 came out at an MSRP of something like $7200. It was the same last year, when dealers were selling leftover '08's for $5500 to clear them out. Nothing's changed, except that this year, much more so than in '06, the bike really is different, and by most accounts very much improved.
I meant myself being faster dollar for dollar was all. It isn't worthe the $3000 to me is all:ride: