SPECIFICATION ANNOUNCED FOR NEW MOTOCROSS BIKE
• TF 250-X has a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and the highest specification components
• Designed and developed by Triumph’s world-leading engineers in close collaboration with motocross champions
• Comprehensive network of dealers, backed by a new 24/7 online parts supply system
Triumph Motorcycles has officially launched the new TF 250-X, revealing a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and the most complete specification package to launch into the ultra-competitive 250cc motocross market. Developed entirely by Triumph in close collaboration with racing champions including Ricky Carmichael and Iván Cervantes, the new four-stroke competition model is an all-new ground up design. The performance racing powertrain and unique aluminium chassis are ultra compact and super light, with all the best components on the market, already fitted out of the crate.
With a focused, aggressive style, the TF 250-X is slim, yet bold and will be instantly recognisable on the track, with its minimal and lightweight presence and distinctive Triumph Racing Yellow and black graphics scheme. Sunstate Prestige will be offering sales, servicing, parts and a new dedicated range of apparel, backed by a mobile-optimised 24/7 online parts supply system so that customers can order for express delivery, straight from the track.
Triumph Motorcycles’ Chief Product Manager, Steve Sargent, said: “The launch of the TF 250-X is the culmination of a significant commitment and investment from Triumph, to not just bring a new bike to the motocross world, but to deliver a winning performance. To achieve this, we are focused on delivering the most complete package for any riding level, from champion to amateur.
“This bike is 100% Triumph, conceived, designed, developed and manufactured by our world-leading chassis and engine teams, with expert support from our racing champions. We started with a blank sheet of paper and began an all-new ground-up design, including a new engine, chassis and electronics.”
Performance Racing Powertrain
Triumph has developed an all-new performance racing powertrain, a competition four-stroke single, that is ultra compact and super light. With a forged aluminium piston and titanium valves, the engine also has diamond-like carbon low-friction coatings, lightweight magnesium covers and an Exedy Belleville clutch.
Advanced engine management and tunability are complemented by the optional accessory MX Tune Pro app, enabling riders to use real-time user-selectable mapping, a real-time engine sensor dashboard and live diagnostic functionality, through a controlled programmable engine management system.
The unique aluminium chassis has a high-strength, lightweight spine frame with twin cradles, designed for the optimum balance of performance, mass and flexibility. The bike’s total weight will see the new TF 250-X set a new benchmark for the best ‘power-to-weight’ ratio in the category. It also delivers high tunability to suit different riders and styles.
Top Tier Specification
The TF 250-X features premium, top-tier componentry throughout, adding up to an unrivalled specification for a production bike in this category. KYB suspension tops the list, with 48mm AOS coil forks, forged and machined 7075-T6 aluminium triple clamps and a three-way piggyback coil rear shock.
The premium Brembo braking system features a twin 24mm piston floating front caliper, a single 26mm piston floating rear caliper and Galfer 260mm front and 220mm rear discs. DirtStar 7000 Series aluminium rims and machined aluminium hubs are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion MX32 mid-soft tyres. Pro-Taper ACF carbon core bars and ODI half-waffle lock-on grips complete the set up.
In addition to the high level of specification already included as standard, Triumph has worked with the biggest, premium brands to create a dedicated range of competition accessories to further enhance performance and capability.
These accessories include:
• Akrapovič full titanium exhaust system
• XTrig hole shot device
• Athena LC-GPA launch control module with rider-selectable enhanced traction control and launch control settings and LED engine speed indicator
• MX Tune Pro wi-fi module
• Performance gripper seat and seat cover
• Bodywork replacement kit
Sunstate Prestige will also be stocking a new clothing range, available side by side with the new TF 250-X. Launched by Triumph in partnership with Alpinestars, the range includes Motocross and Enduro boots and apparel.
Triumph’s globally renowned engineering teams bring expertise in precision engineering, innovation and award-winning quality. These teams are behind Triumph’s greatest modern racing achievements, including the Moto2TM championship where Triumph’s engines have helped to transform the class, setting new Moto2 lap and speed records at tracks around the world. From factory World Supersport racing, to the Isle of Man TT, earning multiple Supersport wins, and even a win at Daytona 200, the teams are focused on success.
The team has been supported by some of the biggest names in motocross, including the greatest MX rider of all time, Ricky Carmichael. He has worked with Triumph’s chassis and engine teams across the journey of scoping, prototyping, testing and development.
Ricky Carmichael said: “The TF 250-X is an incredible bike. This is the bike that we set out to build. When you talk about the chassis, the powertrain, the components – it’s the best of everything you could ever want. Whether you’re a professional rider or an amateur rider, you will not be disappointed. I love this bike, it’s been such an honour to be part of a project with such an iconic brand.”
Iván Cervantes, five times enduro world champion, five times Spanish MX champion and Dakar finisher has also worked across the project with Triumph’s in-house teams to bring his experience to the Triumph bike development and prototyping. With a team like this and the TF 250-X on the start line, Triumph is well-placed to begin its motocross racing programme in 2024. Entering the prestigious FIM Motocross World Championship for 2024, Triumph Racing will compete with a factory-supported programme set up in partnership with Thierry Chizat-Suzzoni, one of the sport’s most experienced and successful team owners, who will start his campaign with two of Triumph’s all-new 250cc 4- stroke MX bikes in the 2024 MX2 class, supported by a new sponsor, Monster Energy.
Underpinning the commitment to win, Team Manager Vincent Bereni is leading a crew of highly experienced technical staff all focused on bringing Triumph to the pinnacle of racing performance. Thierry and Vincent’s past racing record speaks for itself – with over 80 MXGP World Championship victories.
Clément Desalle, who joined the team as a test rider, is a very experienced racer, competing at the highest level in the MXGP World Championship for 15 years. As one of the most consistent racers in the series, he claimed three Vice Champion finishes, was third in the World Championship three times and twice finished fourth. Finishing on the top step of the podium 23 times in his career, he was also crowned the Pro Open Belgian champion.
Triumph Racing’s US SuperMotocross World Championship Team is headed up by the highly talented Bobby Hewitt and team manager Steve ‘Scuba’ Westfall – this duo have proved over and over that they know how to win. They brought in a crack team including Dave Arnold, an industry AMA Hall of Fame legend for chassis development and Dudley Cramond, with over 25 years of experience in building race-winning engines. The team will
field the all-new TF 250-X’s in the 2024 World Championship.
On the dirt
The TF 250-X will start from $13,750 and orders can be placed now at Sunshine Coast Triumph dealers, Sunstate Prestige with bikes available for delivery from March 2024.
Further information about the launch of a TF 450-X and the hotly anticipated Enduro range from Triumph Motorcycles will follow later in 2024.