I thought I make a comparison report based on my bike vrs a new Honda. I have a 01 with Hot Cams Mod, and Power Now, pretty basic. I came to AZ to visit a friend to do some riding, and I was able to ride his new machine and put some serious laps on it, and also did some hard core single track. I liked the 05 Honda the best out of all of the 450's, the brakes are ridiculous as ususal, and the suspension was pretty decent. The motor barks and is very similiar to a two stroke in the way its revs and also were the power comes on. It is smooth, and very ridable. The problems I had were with coming into corner with a double immediately after, if you lugged the bike which you can do with most Yamaha's it coughs big time, it does not like to pull under the curve, where as I can give gas pretty much any where with my Yamaha. I like the handling, it was well mannered in turns, but disliked it on straights that were choppy. I really like the Yamaha's motor in 01, with the five speed gear box. I have tried all of the other years including the 05. You don't really miss the extra gear, it just takes a little time to get use to. For the most part the Honda was really good, but nothing made me feel that good to give up my 01 just yet, waiting for 06 preview. Also, the big thing is price, hardly any Honda dealers I know budge in price, were as the Yamaha dealer near me works with you! Out here in ZA they are getting top dollar, my friend got his from a guy that went to Missouri to get three of them, to beat the tax, ans also the high price.