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A buddy of mine, who works for a dealer here in NH, got a chance to drive the new REV for a couple of hours up North last week. He's got years of seat time and is prone to accurate and unbiased accounts of his experiences. He's been to many of these things in years past and has never been more positive than about this sled. He said it took a while to get used to the new riding position, but what a handler! He says that even though it's 20 pounds lighter than this years' MX, it "feels" far lighter than that. He also says that it effortlessly soaks up bumps that would cause present-version MX drivers to cringe.

I was originally thinking of maybe going the 4 stroke route this spring, but this news, based on a trusted friend's experience has caused me to rethink this. I have an '00 MX500 and an '01 MX800x, so maybe I'll order the 800 REV next month, sell the 500 (it's mint with only 1500 miles on it) and let my son, who'll be 15 this year, ride an 800. I'm sure he'll love that. Since he only rides when he's with me, this shouldn't be a problem.

On a humorous side note, one of my buddies who rides AC's ('00 TCat, '02 ZR800) did me the "favor" of putting my name (along with a deposit on my behalf&#33
on the list for one of the first ZR900's. I think this was his comeback for me ragging him about getting a brand new 800, only to have it upstaged by the new 900 a couple of months later. Let's see; if I decide to go the RX1 route as well, I could probably start my own dealership! Decisions, decisions...
 

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I can guarantee that the new REV sled will be totally kick ###. Like you said, it will take a few miles to get used to the new seating position. When you do, watch out. As for me, I think I would order the new 600 HO and give the ZERO mile 02 800X to the wife to thrash. Yeah!, that sounds like a plan.
 
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