Thanks, ER70! I'm considering several options for my DS. I have aspirations of, someday, riding the TAT. My skills need to grow a whole lot before then, so finding a bike I can learn on, now, and lower appropriately, and is in the same price range as the CRF250L, is key.
I agree about where the weight is placed on these bikes is important. I don't do well on top heavy bikes (hey, I'm only 5'2 and don't weight very much). Likely, I'd need help with a dropped bike anyway.