I have been a yamaha guy my whole life, I bleed blue. I just went from a YZ 250 to an '05 WR 450, and I love it. The reason I chose to stick with the Yamaha is because they are so reliable. My YZ was an '88, and I beat the hell out of that bike. I was riding back when I wanted to do freestyle moto-x, so it took some hard hits, and kept on rolling. It seems to me that if you were to look at all the old bikes that are being ridden, there are more Yamaha's than anything else. A true testament to the strength of blue. Plus I heard that the CR has valve problems. And I personally dont like the alluminum frame, too much work to get around it went you need to make some adjustments. For my money, it just doesnt get any better than a Yamaha.