The KX250 engine has a crisp throttle response and a linear powerband. The low-end power is average, which makes it essential to downshift before entering corners to avoid having to slip the clutch excessively to get into the midrange. Once there, the engine pulls well and has decent top-end power. The bike has a raspy note to it, especially in the higher rpm. A harder-hitting, more powerful engine would make it more fun to ride and better suited for higher-level riders. Overall, the predictability of the KX250’s powerband makes it user-friendly and easy to ride effectively for riders of most skill levels.