gday all well i know it has been asked a million times but i kind of need some advice cos i have been out of the game for awhile. a little background. I grew up on a large farm in australia and rode bikes all the time. i guess these days i'd be a intermediate/advanced rider. i've just turned 40 and the last bikes i rode were in my mid 20's and they were xr's and tt's and the odd cr but all in all i grew up on 4 strokes. so the time has come to swing my leg over again. i'm about 6'3 ish and about 100kg or 220lbs i think it is. pretty fit and active. am keen to do some trail riding with mates but the plan is to have a bike that can do a bit of everything and occasionally ride on the road getting to and from trails etc. i have no interest in using it as a road bike or as a commuter so i reckon 90% will be dirt work. ok so here is where i'm at as far as choices. initially a friend who is an expert rider had me sold that a crf450x is the way to go until i started to read about them and the valves and maintenance etc. then someone told me about a drz450e as they are super reliable and go forever but i've heard they are a bit bland in performance compared to crf's husky's etc. then i got told a 2 stroke 250/300 could be the go as there is meant to be less maintenance but with my 4 stroke past i'd need some convincing and are these any good for the little bit of road work i might need to do from time to time and i'm not sure of a fit for my body size. moving on someone suggested a yam wr450.....reliable and good and someone else a husky or ktm......strong motors and great bikes. as you can see my head is going in circles so i'll put down what i'm thinking. i want a 2nd hand bike prob anywhere from 2005 to 2009 model. i like the idea of the reliability of a drz but i love the idea of the more fun crf450 and husky's etc and if i have to spend some money from time to time on having a more fun bike then i'm willing to without it getting ridiculous. i don't know if my height and weight are out of whack to look at a husky 2 stroke 250 or 300 as i've read they are tall bikes anyway. unfortunately having been out of the game for so long i'm not familiar with how far bikes have come but my mate with the crf reckons it'll blow my mind which i'm sure it will. so here are the questions 1. is a 250 too small for someone like me or will it still be bloody fun to ride ? 2. are husky's ktm's a better choice due to their reliability than a jap from what i have read 3. crf450's have a great wrap but are they over the top in maintenance and at my age and level is it really worth it for what i'll get out of it and what i want to do with it. help please cheers and thanks for reading this far, i've probably bored you all.