Hey guys, I am in the mkt for a new motocross machine after being out a while. YAMAHA'S have always worked well for me in the past. Seems like they have their suspension more dialed than the other brands. A short story: back in 77 I was racing 250 amateur on a KTM. The engine was FAST, but I never could get the suspension set up for me to work well on a particular rough sand track, I rode as hard as I could with what I had and was always beat by a few riders who I knew I could flat out smoke. I rode a friends stock 77 YZ 250 the next race and flat out destroyed the entire field, got an uncharacteristic bad start (second to last) moved through the pack and was in the lead in 2 laps! Even though I did well and won many races in my career this one moto stands out in my memory. The next week I tried this Yamaha on a much smoother "horsepower" track where I did really well on my KTM and did not have the same success due to the horsepower difference. We dragged the bikes and the KTM was much faster, however on this rough sand track it was all about handling and rider ability not sheer hp which I had on the KTM. I also like HONDA, it is betwen Yamaha and Honda 450's. Which is better suspension wise, engine wise, reliability wise, etc. Try to be as impartial as possible. Thanks.