I recently got back into dirt riding again after almost 20 years. But for the last 20, I have been riding street bikes extensively. I'm 40, 205lbs, good shape, sharp mind, etc... I bought a ttr225 to ride trails with my 9 and 11yr old novice girls. Its a blast being with the kids, but it doesn't get my adrenaline pumping. Honestly, I am always wishing the 225 was more powerful. Also, the suspension on that bike is not for me. In fact, I have a couple of falls due to bottoming out. I'm going to buy "another" bike to ride when the kids are not around. I was thinking I need a 250. I was thinking about the crf50x or the wr250f. The valve issues on the Honda's scare the crap out of me, so I am going to stay BLUE and spend my money on gas for riding instead of wrenches. I see myself as a spirited trail rider, but definitely not a racer. I wouldn't mind going out into the desert a bit. Question: Would I be sorry I didn't go with the 450? I hear that the power is very manageable once you get used to it. I do like the idea of trolling down the trails in 3rd gear with less shifting. Will the weight be too much for me? I am sure I could be happy with either one. Should I focus in on one instead of the other? Or, should I go for the best deal I can get on either a 450 or a 250? Any 250 owners wish they had bought the 450? Any 450 owners wish they had bought the 250? Thanks for any advice. Maurice TTR-225 (for now..........) XR80 Daughter #1 XR100 Daughter #2 150cc Quad Wife's ride.