Bama, I was in your shoes last week! I bought the XR400. My friend has the WR250F and I've ridden it several times this week. The Yamaha is nice--suspension is great and the bike is lighter than my XR. HOWEVER, you need to keep the revs way up to stay in the "usable" power range. I found it more work while riding in the woodsy stuff here in Washington State. I think an advanced enduro racer could make the WR250 scream, but for ME the XR400 is the best choice. I have tons of tractor power available. There's a big advantage down low for the XR and that's what you need in the tight woods stuff. The XR400 is a lot of fun and will keep up with any of your buds. You'll be singin' Sweet Home!