This cracks me up. Stew rides like crap and everyone wants to jump ship. Oh well. I've ridden all of the new bikes except KTM. Stock the KX seemed the best overall for me, felt a little heavy which hasn't changed since the first KX 450. The Zuk is nice but the power was boring, doesn't mean you can't go fast or faster on it, just didn't excite me. If I had a plan to improve the engine the RMZ would be first choice. The Honda
felt boring and disconnected, like there was a hinge in the middle of the bike, not at all comfortable on it.
The superlatives of my '10 YZ450 will keep me on the Yamaha
brand for the time being. I take a ton of crap because it's "different" or "ugly", whatever. I love the suspension
and engine and the tuner option. The light front end reminds me of a 2 stroke so that's a plus in my book and OBTW I have NEVER had the front wash out. The problem when I first had it before suspension work was that it would tuck/knife NOT push. (My '06 YZ450 had a horrible push).
What have I done to the bike?
Suspension work: Stiffer fork, softer shock, link. I've been experimenting with the fork tubes flush with clamp (down to where the cap meets the fork tube) and I find it tracks better in berms and loose corners and is even more stable in the straights and under braking.
Engine: Yosh pipe
Gearing: One tooth up on the rear
p.s. I'm 5'10" 180lbs