i went riding with a friend of mine who recently got a 02 crf450. after a ton of motor mods and exhaust, etc, he says nothing can touch his bike. well i traded with him for an hour or so (i was riding my other friends stock yzf, not my race bike). Talk about a ****ty bike! The crf handles worse, and even after EXTENSIVE mods, has noticably less power. It also feels weird. It doesnt have good airborne manners either. after a few laps around the racetrack, i was damn glad to have that yzf back, and my friend then realized how inferior his honda was. Well that was a week ago and he already sold his honda pile of crap and bought a nice o2 yzf426. It just reinforces the fact that there is no substitute for good ol' blue. YAMAHA FOR LIFE!!!