Agreed, Drive the extra distance and use that $500 bucks on the HRC kit. The HRC kit will change out your head pipe, open up the silencer, open up the airbox, add a new cam and they will jet it correctly. With the HRC kit added, the Honda is right there with all the other's. (Minus the KTM) I have an 07 that I race, I beat YFZ's, DS's. LTR's and KFX's all day.