I'm going to immidiatlly exclude all mX from this thread. I ride 100% desert. I have been on a YZ400 (420) for a couple of years now. I thought it was the greatest bike ever for a long time. After my second blown engine, I decided to try a KTM. Sorry guys, the 520EXC is hands down a better bike in the desert. Gobs abd gobs of power. Not like the hit of the 426, but only because it makes as much power down low as up top. Great ergos, and the suspension is phenominal right out of the box. Oh yeah, the start button, the wonderful start button. "My bike starts first kick every time", yeah right. I don't care what anyone says, in the middle of a 100 mile desert race the last thing I wanted to be doing was kicking my flodded YZ. That's more tiring than racing. My YZ starts first kick every time too, when in the pits. When the adreniline is pumping after going over the bars into a cactus, and minutes are ticking by, thats a whole different story. If you ever get a chance, try a 520, you won't believe it. ------------------ Pretend it's flat and give it the gas.