Why would someone want a 350 that performs like a 250 ?
A detuned 350 will need a lot less maintenance than a 250 putting put the same performance.
Most competition machinery is OTT for what is required for the trail's/roadwork between lanes. The reason a lot of trailbikers hang on to older machines is that there's little choice for new bikes that don't require competition bike maintenance schedules. If the Freeride ticks some trailbike boxes then it should sell well - the demand is there and there's little else on offer to the UK market.
On returning to the trails this year, I bought a 13yo Honda XR250 in Nov 2011 with only 3000 miles because it was more like a trailbike - simple aircooled, solid & with reasonable suspension, comfy seat and full legal lighting - coupled with a sensible maintenance schedule
Nice kickstart to keep me warm in winter too
It wasn't about money, I have could have spent up to £5k on something newer and more racy - but everything is so Enduro focused with razor seats and crazy maintenance schedules (fine on a race bike - but I want to trailride) and 20hp is enough to ride on the trails, even the highly technical stuff in Yorkshire or Wales
I ride Trials too and even kids on 24v electric OSETs can get up some amazingly difficult obstacles, so it's not about power or suspension - it's about how you use it
The Freeride is the best thing to hit trailriding.........................for a very long time