I am in a bit of a quandary with my trusty 02 CR250. I am getting to a point where I'm really pushing the engine pretty hard especially in loose/loamy conditions to get drive. The powerband on the bike is really all or nothing, and really even when its really on, its not doing what a 250 2T should do. I am beginning to understand why these engines were disliked by the magazine testers. Here's a list of engine mods on the bike: 04 cylinder (I know this was supposed to be worse than the 02, but I really didn't notice much difference one way or another) 05 base gasket Keihin 38 pwk PC platinum pipe/r304 silencer Rekluse clutch Anyway, I'm beginning to get tired of struggling to keep up with the 4t's. My bike is just very squirrelly and its really hard to keep a smooth line in anything but the most tacky conditions. I want to race something that is competitive in the 250c and vet classes, and I just don't think my bike is cutting it. I am not in good enough shape and my skill level isn't close to where it needs to be for me to really ride my bike like it demands. I'll be honest what I really am wanting is a bike with a better spread of power. So here are the options that I am currently considering: 1. Go to a 4t (I know this won't be popular here but I am considering it) 2. Get some port work done, maybe go to a big bore kit (kind of would be cheating in the 250 class but hell I ain't going to be winning races any time soon so I don't think it'll be a big deal) 3. Jump ship to KTM or Yamaha 2t's which have far superior engines from the get-go Any other options you guys might suggest here? I really like my bike and I want to keep holding the 2T banner up, but man I don't want to keep chasing my tail and holding myself back. I ain't getting any younger here.