There are definitely better bikes out now than my old XRs, but only about 30 lbs lighter. I am hoping for an 80lb reduction. I tend to over maintain machinery and have had to make no repairs in 17 years of owning my Hondas. I know just what you mean about a 250 at highway speeds, kind of sketchy, like riding in sand. But I’m used to the 250 in sand even in 2nd gear, keeps you on your toes, but I’ve done a lot of it. The 300rr with the wide rear tire and light weight is intriguing, and I can’t wait to try it on the rocky trails. A few pm’s say it is doable in sand, but nobody’s first choice. As long as there are no big surprises due to the shorter wheelbase and different caster angle. Worst case is i would have to haul it to the trails in my truck, and ride an xr in the sand. Kind of a win/win situation (wife may not agree). But still looking at all options. I have a couple of more weeks to decide.