I posted this in the CRF250 Forum but thought you guys might be interested. Rode a CRF 250 2 weeks ago. This is from the perspective of a woods rider and the perspective of riding the bike IN THE WOODS. Power: very respectable and much more than I expected. Keep in mind I'm riding a KTM 520 EXC ! Power is pretty smooth and usable. Suspension: SUCKS!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too harsh for woods use. Keep in mind I'm 220 lbs and ride at a pretty quick pace in the woods( high B-Class Harescramble rider). I bet MX and SX riders will like the suspension ! Brakes: Good, but a little touchy....especially the rear brake. Rear brake felt "funny". Starting: Easy as pie! No problems what-so-ever!! Riding position: A little cramped for a 6' 1" rider. Overall: Impressed !! Suspension can be tamed and riding position can be changed. Power is great. Magic button would make it a "sure buy".