I'm glad I stumbled across this forum as there's so much great info. I have been riding street bikes (roadstar) for a while but want to get a dirt bike for trails and exploring the beaches. I'm 33 years old, 6' tall and 185 lbs. My wife and I are retiring and moving to Mazatlan, Mexico later this year so I'm selling my show bike Roadstar and am wanting to get a dirt bike. Most of the year I'll be cruising around the beaches or back roads exploring new surf spots but we'll be back during the hot summers so I'll be riding in the mountains around Mammoth and Lake Tahoe, CA. I'll probably also be buzzing around the streets in Mazatlan quite a bit which is a lot of stop and go traffic during tourist season. I have very little experience on dirt bikes and am wondering if the 250 would be my best bet but I'd like to get some feedback from you guys. I'll also post this in the 450 forum to see what they have to say. Thanks in advance!