I am guessing the UK version of this bike is what we call the XL250R ?
This is the dual sport/road legal version of the XR250R. Or did the UK get a different bike?
I owned a 2003 XR250R. This was the Off Road only version. It had a head and tail light but no signals, brake light. Race bike actually and incredibly capable and long lasting. Honda stopped importing the XR250 and XR400 to the USA in around 2004, the XL's (street legal) stopped in about 2000 or so.
The "L" (XL Version) was a bit heavier, different carb, cam timing and de-tuned a bit from the XR250, still a good bike!
My XR250 had a Wide Ratio 6 speed trans, but off road gearing, not road gearing like the XL version. I think the XL250R has a 5 speed WR trans? I don't recall. Should be able to sit on 65 mph or maybe 70 mph.
If you get an old beater you will most definitely have to go through the suspension and bearings (link, swingarm and head). Well worth it as this bike will be magic on the trails in the Pyrennes if its straight and sprung correctly for your weight. I was so impressed with the XR's off road capability. (this coming off racing two strokes and four strokes)
Excellent on tight, technical trails. Not so good in fast desert riding but no problems really, just a bit down on power. My bike did pretty good in Baja.
(2 trips there) But really was at its best in tight woods, dodging trees and slamming off berms and going straight up ... and straight down ... on very steep trails. Firm up the suspension, you will love this bike. Keep oil in it, do not overheat or over rev and it will last for many years. Good luck, buy a good one, not some old beater. Worth it.
A well set up XR250 eats rocks up ... easy on the rider.
Not great on the high speed stuff but great in rocky trails and deep sand.
A true tight woods bike. Easy to ride fast in these conditions.