It is basically going to come down to what type of riding you like and which bike suites you best. I have a buddy that went from a 426 to a 250 and loved his 250 more. I went from a '02 YZ250 to a '02 426 and love the 426 much more. Each has an area that is better than the other. On short tracks he kicks my butt and on bigger longer tracks and trails I kick his butt. Souns like you want the CR anyway. Go for it!