Hi im still looking for my 1st bike. I seen a lot of videos of the wr250r and it seem like a real fun bike but then reading more I read that some people want more power. Im pretty sure as a 1st bike the power would be perfect but also some others say you get bored of a 250 fast which I dont understand seeing some forum members have switched from much bigger bikes to the tiny wr250r and they love it. negative - power by some people. A coworker suggested me to look into the drz400s and I did concern is the carb are they easy to adjust would I have to be adjusting on the fly as I ride going up hill etc. negative - close ratio gearbox, carb old technology. I was also looking at the KTM 690 enduro R which seem to be the best of both except when I looked at the maintenance is needed more often but dont know exactly how much time a valve check takes. But it seem it also have some issues like: -close ratio gearbox. -bad tank bolts. -radiator fan shroud and blades wearing into radiator quickly. -leaking coolant on metal pump face. -stalling at idle at lights,ecu fuel tuning etc. -rubber fuel or coolant hose needs to be zip tied to frame to avoid wear. I would like some sound advice. I know theres a lot of user here that have tried the bikes in question, would it be better to get the WR250r and later on buy the Athena 290 http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/p.../5/595/2103/17741/2013/1/9181/0/0/detail.aspx or the thumper racing 280 http://thumperracing.net/index.php?route=product/product&path=37_43_106&product_id=97. or get the DRZ400s with the ACT wide ratio gears. http://www.advancedclutch.com/100wrh02-4189 Or the KTM and fix those issues. What would the valve check on the wr250r be with the Athena or the thumper kit? I know stock is around 26k miles but using the big bore dont know. I want a reliable bike I dont want to go out and worry about how Im going to get back. Thanks.