That's what I said, Why not?
I rode my 2005 TW for 9 1/2 years. Great bike for going slow.
After parting with the TW ..was only putting about 500 miles a season,,,I had the opportunity to ride a friends XT 250.
Wow, It actually has some suspension. High ground clearance, low seat height, disc brakes, fuel injection (after 2012)... Slightly more hp..about 19...and it was better on the pavement.
It took about a month to find a lightly used 2014 model.
I added a skid plate, rear rack, hand guards, and was ready to go.
One difference is the TW always draws a crowd.....and the TW has a better forum...
The XT rarely draws a second look.