Oh, one of the guys at the house raced Honda's. From 125's with 23" front wheels, to '83 watercoolers, 250's air and watercooled, and that beast (as you well know), the CR-500. I absolutely HATED that CR-500...scared the beejesuss out of me, when it came on the pipe. Notice I switched from YZ-490 to KX-420, and started top 3 in every Open race, novice thru intermediate, and every VetExpert race.
Couple years, during the TransAms at SearsPt., (where CR-500's dominated), I'm in the newspaper pictures walking around with 2 of my buds, the Honda guy and a Suzuki rider...as spectators, not riders.