I've had my 426 for a year now and I've loved it. But I rode my buddy's 03' 250f the other day and it was so much easier to handle. Turning was a breeze and the suspension felt so much better on jumps. Bottom line, I felt much more comfortable on his bike (2nd time riding it) verses my bike (ridden non-stop for a full season). I am getting an 06' in a sometime in 07', but I'm thinking about getting an 03' to hold me over until I can get the 2006. Do you guys think it would be worth it? Is there a big enough difference between the 00' and the 03'?? Thanks!!