My wife has not long had her second hand xt250 after selling her new F800R which was just a little bit to heavy for her and is only 5'5".
She loves the xt250 and so do I. I have just sold my CB1000R and now have a WR450F but enjoy riding the xt250 every time. I keep spending money on her bike I got a FMF slip on pipe off eBay for $300 and was the best upgrade it makes it so much smoother and extra torque is gr8. The pipe makes warm up 2 seconds now. Also got the usual bash plate, hand guards new tires, stock are useless for off road exploring. After owning bigger more powerful bikes I think smaller is way better I wish I had the WR250R instead of the 450 when u r off road the smaller is better every time and more useful around town.
My wife wishes she had the xt250 from the get go so easy to ride forget the marcho just enjoy riding and having fun.