Just got my new MXA (Dec. '01). The mag compares our machine ('02) with the Honda (I have an '01). The last paragraph reads: Listen pilgrim, and listen good! From a pure motocross point of view the YZ426 is a vastly superior race bike to the Honda.... the YZ426 handles better, is faster, has better brakes, is well suspended and has a bulletproof track record. On the race track, those are the things that matter.... So, before you jump on the Honda bandwagon, understand that the Yamaha YZ 426 is not a weak sister-it's more like a big brother. Kick Ass blue machine!