No dog in this fight, or . . . TWO dogs in this fight (I own both a KLR650 and a KLR250)?
Just . . . in my opinion, the KLR250 remains a most under-rated dual-sport motorcycle. My 2003 model, stock, has been clocked at speed greater than any legal US speed limit (professional rider, closed course, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, etc., etc.), and is more versatile than the larger KLR650, IMHO.
No, I don't want to drag-race the sport bikes for "pinks" (ownership titles), or race them on the twisties with my KLR250, but . . . given the reasonable and realistic dual-sport motorcycle service spectrum, the KLR250 holds its own, IMHO.