As with most bikers, I am always wondering what bike might be "better" for the riding I do. I got back into dual sports a couple of years ago with a DRZ400S & an XT225 for the wife (wife still hasn't ridden it, but I do a lot). Within a year I realized that the Suzuki was too heavy for the steep trails here in the mountains, so I sold it and began looking for something better....I wasn't sure what I wanted, but I'd gotten $3000 for the DRZ and figured I'd see what I could find for around $4000. I'd heard that the KTM 300 2-stroke was very light & powerful, many seemed to consider it perfect for the woods, and it has a 6 speed and can be plated. (A plate is a requirement, not an option here.) Visited a KTM dealer, to take a look and ask some questions and told the owner what I thought I needed/wanted and he recommended against the 2-stroke, that to look for an 06' or newer 4-stroke. So, I looked and found that most of them were too expensive for me. Then I heard about Husabergs, about the lightest 4-strokes around, even their mighty FE570 was under 250 lbs. Plus, they also have FI and a 6-speed. Sounded great, but the prices were still a little steep for my budget, I saw one for $4500 and a couple for $5000, but while I was trying to decide if I wanted to spent that much they got sold, it was also a long drive to see them. "Snooze you loose!" Then I saw the 08' WR450 plated for $4000, just 2 hours away in Charlotte (and I needed to go down there anyway). The price was the best on CL nationwide at the time, plus the bike had a billet rack & 3.3 Acerbis tank & the stocker. It looked almost new and the power was amazing, compared to the DRZ. Within 10 minutes I decided it was "mine"!! It is an awesome bike and I like it as much as my buddy's brand new FE570. Except for the TPS stutter, which I found the DynaTek ignition will cure. And a 6th gear would be nice. But, my eyes are begining to wander again.... I really "like" the little XT225, but I could probably talk myself into letting it go, to try out a lighter, more powerful plated woods bike. I'm wondering what a 225 lb bike feels like. The KTM 300 is back in my sights, 227 lbs, 6 speed, & E-start. Then the Honda CRF250X is about the same weight, maybe a few lbs less. Less HP, but probably still plenty. Plus, it gets 70 mpg! Anybody here have any experience on either of these bikes? What else would be in this weight class for the woods? What's the WR250F weigh? I'm sure folks plate them too.