I hate KTM's too, but only because I can't buy one to put in the stable next to my DRZ and CR250. They are awesome bikes and by and large are reliable as nearly any jap bike (XR's and KDX's excluded). I'm planning to buy a new CRF450 next and based on the word on the street, I know I am going to become very adept at checking and adjusting valves. No bike is perfect. But they are all great and it makes no sense to knock another's choice of bike.