Well, I spent the winter reading all the major worthless magazine shootouts(Transworld, Racer X, Dirt Rider, Cycle News, Motorcycle Daily, and even MXA). It never mattered to me which bike won really, you have to take all of the tests with a grain of salt......I mean who ever leaves their bike completely stock. Bitching about chains, the tire choice and the bar bend, VOMIT. I am and always have been a proud YAMAHA guy. It really didn't matter to me....I knew what bike I would be buying for 2006. That Yamaha brought the old colors back was just icing on the cake. One thing in particular that held throughout these tests, was the mention of a ill handling front end on the Yamaha. I have heard of the Applied triple clamps supposedly fixing the issue with a different offset. I have also heard that changing the fork height in the stock clamps will fix the issue. Then again, I have heard that discarding the stock Dunlop 739 will fix the issue. I rode my bike this past weekend......and was completely amazed with the handling of the bike......and it was completely stock....the way I got it from the dealer. Not one single adjustment or tire change and it felt like heaven. The track I was on was still pretty sloppy from the winter thaw, the soil is glacial till, lots of exposed golf ball and bigger sized rocks throughout the course. Lots of elevation changes, with a good mix of flat, bermed, on/off camber, and sweeping turns. My front tire was sticking like glue everywhere. I'm wondering what the hell handling issues these overblown rags are talking about! I have a ton of racing/riding experience, I have had sweet handling machines and bikes that handled like maytag refridgerators. This bike tops the best I have ridden thus far.....easily. Am I alone? Let me hear from you.....I am not going to try to convince you otherwise. I want your story and experience with the handling.....then I would like to hear what you did to remedy it. I am really wondering if I am missing something here...If the sublety of this issue is beyond my skill level or if it will arise once things dry out here a bit more or if it is just an idea that constantly repeated gets accepted as fact. The jetting issues(real ones) were thankfully solved in advance from the information I received here. I am hoping the same if something becomes of this handling issue. Thanks in advance.