I have decided that I need a lighter bike to race. My current ride is a XR650R, it's a great bike but very top heavy. I came to this conclusion around 1a.m. during the 24 hour's of Starvation Ridge. I must have hoisted the bike out of the mud 20 times that night. While resting and watching the few remaining bikes going by I pondered what bike would be easier to pick up, restart and maybe keep upright. The KTM 300 xcw is what I came up with. I have never owned a KTM so I know very little about them. I don't have a ton of money to invest in a dirt bike so that rules out the 6 speed 2011 and newer xcw's. So what year or year's should I be looking for? Is the E-start worth the money and weight on the 08 and newer bikes? XC vs XCW pro's and con's? Any advise/comments would be much appreciated.