I own an 05 KTM300EXC. Bought it brand new. I have gone through a bunch of bikes, and that one is still in the
garage and the bike I ride the most. It has been stone reliable, with very little maintenance. I invested in updgrading
the suspension, and a gnarly pipe. With the upgraded suspension, I don't feel the need for the newer models yet.
It handles extremely well, and has plenty of power. The seat height is also a little lower than the 08's, which is good for me being 5'8". I owned a 08 530EXC, and I could not really tell a whole lot of difference between the two. The
300 was still lighter, and handled better in my opinion.
04 GasGas 280, finally, my perfect stable.