x2 on the don't chance it. Our experience has been that the '07's were the most prone to water and dust problems--we actually had engine fires on early models. The 08's are more likely to have internal fork difficulty. Jury is still out on 09's. Your best bet is to get protection, keep it clean, and scream like heck for warranty if it does go out. Once we learned to protect them from rock rash, we only have occasional "environmental" issues with them.