I rode an 01KTM300EXC for the first time since racing one in the mid 1990's. All I am saying is, after the BRP, it felt like I was on a KDX200. I used to think the 300 had lots of low end grunt. What was I thinking? I am not saying it isn't a better bike for nasty conditions. I am saying the BRP's power is addictive and fun. On the 300, you actually have to shift. I didn't realize how spoiled I have become just leaving it in 2nd or 3rd gear and torquing thru everything. My only complaint with the 650r is in 1st gear muddy, rocky, rooty stuff. Once she starts doing what she wants to do, it's hard to convince her otherwise.