i would like the m1000 but im starting to convince myself that the extra money, power and weight is something that i really dont need. i would think where the m1000 would be the king is in the hill climbs. as far as powder riding i dont think the m8 would be that bad. its no heavier than a m7 and should ahve a little more grunt then the m7. i am by no means a hardcore mountain rider. i just like to go to the mountains once or twice a year hit the deep stuff if its there. i know there were some problems with the '07 800 engines especially guys with the crossfires and firecats. but for '08 they should be refined and cleaned up. i found a '06 m7 with less than 500 miles for $7500 canadian. but i would really like to pick up a '08 153". what do you guys think? thanks.