I have an 05 EXC that is plated in Nevada, it also has a Rekluse, desert tank and Tubliss tires, it is a sick bike. I use it mainly on the gnarly trail rides in the mountains. As others have said it is terrible to ride on the street, I use my plate to ride out of my garage to the trails only, I have a 690 Enduro for serious dual sporting.
the cool thng about 2 strokes is you can pick them up used cheap and freshen them up easy. not much has changed in the 300's motor or chasis in the last 10 years to warrant the purchase of a new one in my opinion.
As far the e start goes, my mine alway starts with 1 or 2 kicks!