I have searched and searched many forums and threads. I've been lurking here a while, liked the info and members, and finally joined. I have it narrowed down to 2 bikes - the above and below mentioned models. I can get a new '07 XT225 for $4075 OTD. Have not haggled on the XT250 yet, but early quotes are in the $4500 range. From reading other posts, I figure I should give some background info. --I have never owned (and I've only barely ridden) a motorbike before --I am about 5'10" and 170 lbs. --This bike will be mostly (~90%) for commuting back and forth to work and going back in the sticks to hunting camp. NO freeway, but some state highways (55mph) --MPG is of paramount importance --Being able to ride comfortably (for me and the bike) on the state roads and not be a traffic hazard is critical, too Based on these criteria, can anyone opine for me which of these 2 bikes would be better? I know the basic differences: 6 vs. 5 speed, 25cc's or so, color, cost. But can anyone tell me if there are tangible differences between the two for the useage I detailed above? Comfortable top speed, MPG, etc? Sorry so long, but I don't want to make you ask too many Q's in your replies. Great site and thanks in advance!