Posted December 25, 2001 - 09:07 PM
I ride a WR426 in woods exclusively, and am also trying to decide on going to a 250F for the same reason. I've only ridden the WR250 (de-restricted) for comparison. The 250 feels much lighter than the numbers suggest, probably because the weight loss is above the roll axis. The 250 also corners easier in the tight stuff. The 250 is much less fatiguing to ride at a faster pace, but I'm not so sure about the slower stuff. The 250 requires much more clutch action in situations where you could just dial the throttle for various amounts of tractable torque on the 426. Also, the 426's ability to lift the front at will or jump obstacles on short notice with just a blip of the throttle lets you get away with making last second reactions, where the 250 isn't happy unless it's wound up ahead of time. The 250F is like a more tractable 250, with a slight power disadvantage- it's a lot of fun in the woods, but I'm afraid I'll miss that instant grunt. Now I'm also considering a YZ250, to get the light weight and quicker handling, while also having some snap on tap.