I've had the '05 naked fse 450 for 2 yrs now and love it. Drooled over the Desert pics when I saw them a while ago, but with that fairing I'd certainly be overdressed for the North Cascades, so I turned my drool destination to the naked EC 450, which wasn't avaiable stateside either. Well, actually, there are about 6 or 10 in the country from before the new distributor took over. This one has been sitting in a warehouse since last July and is now on it's way to my house. The 450 size works well for me: small enough to single track all day with the 300's and big enough to roar the fire service roads thru the mountains with the 650's. I'm giddy like a school girl and had to tell someone, so you guys are it. Cheers.