I got the Freeride to replace my 2005 KTM 525EXC, because I have struggled for the last 10 years with the 525’s size. We did everything we could to lower it, and got pretty close, but I was still struggling. It weighs a bit more than the 250, so when I would start to tip over, there was just no saving it; it would push me right over. The Freeride is about 50 pounds lighter, and now a couple inches lower, so when it starts to go over, now I can save it. It’s not just knocking me around. I’m in great shape, but I am the size that I am, so there’s only so much I can do. Just knowing that if I was out on my own and dropped the bike, I’m not stranded now that I have the lighter Freeride.