I went the 250cc route with a Super Sherpa and my Dad wants to follow. We drove down to a dealership with a WR250R and rode it around. Nice bike, all in all. Really impressive power. It was pretty apparent to me that the motor was very free revving and the throttle was a little twitchy off idle. Maybe it was this bike in particular being brand new, not certain. Anyway, after the ride we got to take it on a small trail in the back. It was somewhat sandy and rocky, and coming up sort of a steep, short hill, the tire was spinning quite a bit and I wasn't just going for it. It was predictable and all and I love that kind of throttle response on the street, but offroad it seemed excessive. I knew an old enduro rider who'd always harp on about flywheel weight, wanting a heavy flywheel, and I know from experience on say the Super Sherpa, with identical tires I wouldn't have spun the tire hardly at all. This isn't a concern in a casual setting, but if going up a notably steep hillclimb, it seems like the WR250R would just want to spin the tire on any loose surface. If the throttle were less twitchy and response were more docile off idle, I think it'd tractor up. Instead, it's really more road oriented wanting to spool up rapidly. Obviously, more aggressive tires can help but they aren't nearly as good on the road, so I'd rather not go down that route. I went through all kinds of stuff on my DR-650 with stock tires and regreted switching to TKC-80s for my kind of riding. The bike was pretty impressive all around (certainly compared to the other 250cc dual sports on the market), but the motor seemed like it was designed to look good on paper and not by anyone who'd ever been offroad before. Curious what more first hand time on the WR250R leads to. I'm betting that it doesn't get nearly the traction of say a Super Sherpa, XT-250, or XT-225 with equivalent tires. At least for going up hills, I'm sure downhill it'd do just fine and even better with vastly superior suspension.