Hello, My name is Corey Palmatier, and this is my first post on this most excellent forum. I am not new to riding, although I don't currently own my own atv or dirtbike. My cousins have many quads, and a few dirtbikes, so that is how I learned, and we always ride when I go up north. I'm 19 years old, and I weight about 210 lbs, this may influence which bike is better. My question is, which would be a better bike to ride the wooded trails on the weekend, and race in enduro/hare scramblers. I am looking at the WRF line, and I really like these bikes compared to the others. I am trying to decide which size, the 250 or the 450. I am used to riding a 250, my cousin lets me ride his ttr-250, and the bike is great, I learned on a ttr-125 and because I am a tall (6 foot 1) rider, me riding that bike was like a monkey trying to screw a football if you get my drift. I am very confident on the 250, but if I decide to race enduro's (which I have never done, got to start somewhere) I was wondring which bike would be the better investment. I am buying it with my money, brand new, and I want a bike that will last me a long time, something I can take to the trails and have a fun time with it, and also tear it up at the races. in a year or two, after I get confortable, me and my cousin want to do a big enduro, like the dakar rally, or something big like that, but we want to work up to it. I'll admit I am leaning toward the 250, the light weight makes me beleive I will be able to handle it better. For a long time I wanted the ttr-250, like my cousin, then I saw the klx-300r, and I fell in love with it initially, before I really dug into the specs of the bike. That constant velocity carb, and the gearbox qoes I've read about, and hear about from riders left me looking for a better bike. My family loves yamaha, (even though both my dad and uncle raced suzuki bikes whene they where my age). We choose yamaha for bikes, and honda for the quads. kinda just how it worked out. Although we do have the rhino 660, and that thing is fun for a side x side. Back to the bikes, I was looking at the bikes on yammies website, and found the wr250f, and I really fell in love. the more I read about it, the more I like it. Do you guys think this bike is good for my first bike (that I own) with someone comming from another ttr, and looking for relaxing trail rides with friends, and fierce racing down the road. What do you guys think - should I go with my instincs, and go with the 250? Thanks guys for whatever insight you can give me on the bike choice. I have one more question, and this pertains to the races themselves. As I understand, they races are long races that arnt on closed oval/mx tracks, but through the woods, with check points. I ahve never been to one, or seen one other than on the internet. I live near albany, new york, so I have to travel about 45 minutes to hit some trail networks, and more than an hour to hit some really good trails up in the adirondacks. Anybody race and live close to albany, any one ride, and live close to albany? Thanks for the info guys (and girls).