Actually this is the 800 I built, I have had 3 of them. Were you buying this from a guy in Hamilton because he purchased it from me. The picture you have here is at my cottage on Big Rideau Lake. When I sold this it was immaculate without a mark on it, but I also had a 1994 750 that I had been working on for a while and to be honest I liked it better. While the 800 may have made more peak power than the 750, I had worked on the jetting, clutching and gearing of the 750 to where you just touched the throttle, it instantly back shifted and was gone. Never had enough time to do it to the 800, BUT, I had three of these and two other Yamaha's as well as boats etc - well you know something has got to give. Good Luck - you should have bought it. All the bad things you said about the V4's is correct BUT when you are going down the lake at 100mph, with one hand on the throttle and the other hand is holding your lunch and a beer it can't be beat. NOTHING is as stable at high speed as a V4 is.