Thank you, vex, this was a real eye opener. After almost 40 years of riding, I am now the owner of a 93 model 250. I intend on mostly putting around town and throwing it in the pickup and hauling it up to the mountains, something my 60 yr old carcass finds increasingly difficult to do with my 550lb kz900. I'm pretty certain my expectations are about what you stated, and I expect to have a good time. Thanks for your insight and efforts.