I have been thinking that Xrs have been getting weaker rather than stronger. The most recent xr250 I rode couldn't even begin to compare to my old XL250 from top to bottom. As a matter of fact, my 400 was feeling quite pathetic until I did some mods. Still no where near my CR250, but at least it is tolerable. I guess you can sooth him by saying at least it's newer than yours.