You are so right about this, IMHO. One thing though, the factory riders, and I am all about the 70's... The better riders (recall the name Bob Nicholson?) They modified these fking honda bikes, as they unpacked them out of the crate, to even get them close to competitive... cutting frames to modifying the steering rake. Stuff nobody else knew. The biggest disadvantage has always been, the honda engine was a turd... It weighed in a no less than 1/3rd more than the 2 stroke "cc equivalent" yet in those days, a 250, was about equal to riding at 2 stroke 125/175. You freaking all know that is right, that is the basis of why the 125 class of yore (or the past), is 250cc now. and the 250 was almost 500 cc for the 4 strokes, just to give them equal footing at the beginning... after years of developement the HP is closer than it ever has been, but still they know the rules should be 350cc fourstroke = 250 to stroke equality, but that was like closing the barn door after the pigs got out. Plus thanks to Evinrude, they proved that 2 strokes are no more poluting than 4 strokes, based on what EPA was claming/falsifying in their tests... especially when you considered the "work" done by 2 strokes, with half the displacement requred of a 4 stroke, to accomplish even remotely close to same results in performance. all that, let alone the huge weight disparity, which is even more influential in a boat's motor requirements and how the boat/watercraft runs with the extra weight... This was easily translated and felt in trials bikes, and garden equipment as well! Freaking UnObtanium valves, rods, cranks, and all kinds of Formula 1 motor parts engineered & developed Just for the Factory riders, to make the 4rt "factory rider only model" that has reasonable estimated values of over $100,000 in the engine alone... that isnt a bike you and I can buy, for the 8-9 thousand dollars to ride in our clubs... Well, unless the US government will back montessa like theydo Chevy's Volt, which costs the taxpayer roughly $200,000 per car sold in america... But I digress... I still think the stupidest crap is that everyone recall's how nice the old honda's are, yet nobody won "ANYTHING" on them. And by god, I mean that in the most serious, not "pickin on honda or even 4stroke" terms... Those bikes, like newer "older ones" like 80's versions that Legune rode, they were special one off bikes, "factory" rides that NOBODY could own, they crushed them bikes back in the day, when the rider was done with them. That is why they dont exist, anything that is left is a "replica" or a fasade, like old pioneer town buildings on a hollywood set. they have the paint, decals, but nothing else. Originals destroyed, probably to not reveal how much dare I say it, "cheating" they were doing at the time... Well, thankfully IMHO. At least this kept one or 2 person's in the rest of the "amature" ranks (anyone not being paid to ride & train, like us) from getting that special bike, ruining competition for the rest of us, who had to buy what was available from dealers and such. oh well, Just another rant.