let me just say this: the most trick looking bike I ever rode, absolutely beautiful craftmanship. Reality: the power reminded me of my 98 XR400 with the power-up kit I installed. It was deceptively fast, once it got going. The suspension was stiff & out of balance due to being new, but better than any honda suspension from past. I could not tell much difference in the weight once being ridden/in the air. It flew nice. The thing handled like crap. All out of wack - front end pushed no matter what. It is no way as fast or has the hit that my 01 426 has. My good friend, former 00 426 owner, has bought one & is trying to get used to it. He stalls it a lot, & he is a 4 stroke "B" racer. It is very different than the 426, in the way it feels just riding it. I like decompression braking, it has tons of advantages in approaching apex's/corners - the honda has very little. The ergonomics of the feel of the bike are very cramped for me. I am 5'11'' The honda is thinner - nice to get your boots up higher against the radiator schrouds, it corners - but it still pushes out almost every time. I beat 2 of them today in 250C & +35 classes for 2 1st place trophies.(this is very rare for me) I know there is a lot of hype for this bike. I will keep what works best for me, my 01426 with a modified "right fork & shock suspension", Awesome explosive throttle response now from correct BK mod - Thanks Mark & a Wave Rotor up front to slow down. In my opinion, Honda has some catching up to do. Yamaha needs built in decompression release & lighter weight. I hate magazine articles - they are too biased, but look at MXA's comments in this months issue....almost the same experience I had.