Thoughts on a 2-stroke

That's good to hear. My first bike was a CR125, I think the first year of the aluminum frame maybe 1996? Anyways, you had to run it like wide open or it didn't like it. Not good for a 17 year old kid just learning how to ride on trails. Didn't take me long to convert to 4 wheels.
Yeah those 125's are like a light switch, they have gotten better...but nothing like a 300. Beta is now making a super mellow 300, that is made for torque and going slow...more like a trials bike type power delivery.