Neduro, I have a 08 KTM 450 excr and also live in CS. I really like the looks of that Guard-IT plate. Can you give me the website or contact info so I can look into one. I currently have a QR hardparts plate but am not satisified with its strength and durability. You have about 1500 more miles on yours so its good to hear its been reliable. I just did my first valve check and it was in spec also. I finaly wore out those Metzler's and am mounting Desert IT's now. These are great bikes!
Let me know if you are looking for a riding partner sometime. It sounds like your an A level rider. It's been 8 yrs since I raced so I don't know how my speed compares anymore. Anyway pm me if your interested.