I just had to write this. Having come from a series of twenty some odd dirt bikes in the last few years, buying and selling my way up to newer and better bikes I thought I would stop when I got to the XR400. A fluke brought me a 2004 WR250 for $3000 Canadian so I had to buy it and then I was so impressed with this 250 I sold my XR400 and purchased a 2004 WR450 for $6,000. What an amazing bike! Now that I have put a couple hundred miles on this thing I am constantly being blown away by the sheer power. Twist that throttle and more and more power until you are looking at the blue sky in almost every gear! Without the baffles and with the air box opened up it has this deep high-compression roar that reminds me of my Roadstar! The suspension is so forgiving I keep getting away from making stupid mistakes without crashing and I seem to spend as much time with the wheels off the ground as on the ground, (keep in mind I'm 48 years old here). The disc brakes make stopping and control so smooth that I am no longer so afraid of what is just out of sight and feel the confidence to keep the momentum up. Then there is the centre of gravity which is so much lower than my XR400 that terrain is now mine that I would never have tried before. This incredible bike! I can't get enough of it! My fourteen year old stays right with me with a huge grin on his face as his 250 is just as amazing to him after all the antiques he has been riding ... we are happy campers! If you are thinking about any other bike ... forget it! Ride on!