I can hardly believe what I am about to post. I picked up 2002 TTR250 last week on the cheap because it was not running. All it really needed was some carb love. I got off easy by putting some SeaFoam in the carb and letting it do its magic. So today some friends and I took a CR250, CRF450X and the TTR250 out for some serious trailriding. I own both the CRFX and the TTR, but started off on the TTR. I could not believe how plush the suspension is on this thing. The only thing I did before we went out was to put 2 lbs air pressure in each of the front forks. Otherwise it felt too soft as a bench test. These trails consist of some atv trails, single track and then the single track with the nasty step-ups and nastier drop-offs. Ok, this bike does not have the explosive power of either Honda, but it absolutely does not need it. My friends could not lose me no matter what they did. This bike chugged through everything. They would get away from me when they first hit their throttles, but really only gaining a few small seconds here and there. I was able to more than make up for it in the tight and nasty trail sections. I really only picked this bike up because it was cheap and I had NO expectations that I would possibly want to keep it any longer than one test ride and maybe sell for a small gain. But now I am not so sure I want to get rid of it. I can definitely tell you the TTR250 is a pleasant surprise package. The only con I can think of is that the rear end was a little bouncy off some of the bigger type jump bumps. These were small jumpable hills on the connecting trails and sometimes it would buck up in the back as I went over---no endos or anything, just something I noticed. It may be that I just need to dial in the rear suspension. I think my favorite thing was this:::when I came into turns at speed, I did not have to be so careful on soft pack as I was coming out of the turn. The TTR never breaks loose as there is no real burst of power at the low end. It just mellows you around the turns and I was able to go faster in turns than the power bikes. I watched their back wheels break out on the loose dirt sometimes, but I never did...and I stayed right on their heels. We are all about equal as riders and everyone that rode it had the same raves as I did. Funny, now they ALL want this bike and insist that it comes out with us next time.