So,you find the Yamaha easier to ride faster? Have you ridden it in power robbbing sand or mainly hardpack? I'm really trying to decide between the 08 Yamaha and Honda. Coming off a YZ250f the yamaha motor sounds like it would be easier to adapt to along with the ergos. The steering dampner on the honda intrigues me as does the fact that some of the mags say the yamaha still doesn't turn as well as the honda. Is the Yamaha a better vet bike? Is anyone looking at going to the 24 or 22mm offset tripleclamps on the 08 Yamaha? I look forward to hearing as much about these two bikes as possible. I am in the same boat as you. I am also coming off of a yz250f and looking at the 08 honda and yam. If I didnt have any worry about the Honda valve reliability compared to the Yamaha, I would have already bought the Honda. My 250f has 120 hours on the top end and still running strong; I am still skeptical about Honda's engine life.....anyway, for those of you that have ridden both the 08 Honda and Yamaha, can you shed some more light on the turning and handling comparison between the two?