rkwfxd1- I will be 50 in March and bought a 03 wr250 in 03 after a 18year absence from dirt riding. I previously came off a 71 TM 400 and a 83 CR 500. Basically had to relearn how to ride again with the new bike, and just love it. Just went to a 08 WR450 w/o mods and can say its safe but slower than the 250. (In the process of free mods now). I live in the central valley (Tracy) and would be more than happy to let you try both out if you are close to this area. I agree with all previous posts as to try it in stock form before uncorking. Let me know.-- Tbone.