Triumph Reveals TF 250-X Motocross Bike

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

TF 450-X and Enduro range to follow next year

After slowly dripping us information over the last few months and previewing the bike at the SuperMotocross World Championship finale in Los Angeles, Triumph has released full details about its new motocross bike, including its name: the TF 250-X. A TF 450-X model will follow next year, along with a range of Enduro models.

The TR 250-X brings Triumph into a brand new segment, the hyper-competitive motocross market dominated by the likes of KTM (and its related brands, Husqvarna and GasGas) and the Big Four Japanese manufacturers.

That’s one of the main reasons Triumph brought in help with championship-winning pedigrees including Ricky Carmichael and Iván Cervantes to develop the all-new machine from the ground up.

“The TF 250-X is an incredible bike. This is the bike that we set out to build,” says Carmichael. “When you talk about the chassis, the powertrain, the components - it’s the best of everything you could ever want. And whether you’re a professional rider or an amateur rider, you will not be disappointed. I love this bike, it’s been such an honor to be part of a project with such an iconic brand.”

Triumph will enter a factory effort in the MX2 class of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship with the Thierry Chizzat-Suzzoni team and racer Clément Desalle. Triumph will also compete in the U.S. SuperMotocross World Championship with racer Bobby Hewitt, team manager Steve “Scuba” Westfall, and an experienced crew including Dudley Cramond as Lead Powertrain Engineer and AMA Hall of Famer Dave Arnold as Lead Chassis Engineer.

While their sights are currently set on the 250 class for 2024, Triumph says it intends to enter the 450 MXGP class in 2025 with the TF 450-X.

Powering the TF 250-X is a compact 250cc DOHC four-stroke Single with a forged aluminum piston, titanium valves, and Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface coating to reduce friction in vital areas. Magnesium covers contribute to reducing weight while the wet multi-plate clutch is from Exedy Belleville.

No performance figures were provided, or even a claimed weight for that matter, but Triumph claims the TF 250-X will set a new benchmark for power-to-weight ratio in the 250 class.

The centerpiece of the chassis is a new aluminum spine frame with twin cradles Triumphs says is tuned to balance performance, flexibility and light weight, while also being adaptable for racers of different sizes and riding styles.

The fork is a KYB 48 mm coil spring fork with adjustable compression and rebound and 12.2 inches of travel. The fork tubes are secured with forged and machined 7075-T6 aluminum triple clamps. KYB also provides the rear shock with adjustable high- and low- speed compression and rebound damping, with 12.0 inches of travel.

The braking system is comprised of twin 24mm piston floating front calipers and a single 26mm floating rear caliper, both from Brembo, while the 260mm front and 220mm rear discs are from Galfer. The DirtStar 7000 Series aluminum rims feature machined aluminum hubs and come fitted with Pirelli Scorpion MX32 mid-soft tires.

Other standard features include Pro-Taper ACF carbon-fiber reinforced handlebars and ODI half-waffle lock-on grips. For those looking for a bit more, Triumph offers a range of upgrades including a full titanium Akrapovič exhaust, an XTrig hole shot device, an Athena LC-GPA module with selectable traction control, launch control settings and LED engine speed indicator, a MX Tune Pro wi-fi module, grippier seats, and replacement bodywork kits.

“The launch of the TF 250-X is the culmination of a significant commitment and investment from Triumph, to not just bring a totally 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,” says Steve Sargent, chief product manager for Triumph. “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, new chassis and new electronics.”

To support the new TF 250-X, Triumph is opening 300 Motocross and Enduro centers across Europe, Australia, and the U.S. by the end of 2024. Each center will offer specialized off-road support for sales, service, parts and race support.

The 2024 Triumph TF 250-X is available for order now at Triumph motocross dealers, with delivery set for late Spring 2024. Pricing starts at US$9,995.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Edward Edward on Dec 04, 2023

    It’s made in Taiwan that’s why they’re selling it cheap. I would want it made in Europe

    • Burt Burt on Dec 06, 2023

      If it were made in Europe, price would start at $15K.

  • Glenn Lutic Glenn Lutic on Dec 18, 2023

    This motorcycle could be built in Europe, or even better, in the U.K.! The issue is that our "elected" politicians wish to support slave wages. Why were things so affordable and wages reasonable in the 1950's until "Free Trade" in the eighties? That was the beginning of the end. Simply put, most manufacturing was moved out of "western" countries into "third world" countries.

    This article reads like a brochure from Triumph. This is why young people don't want anything to do with magazines or even internet reporting. I grew up with honest and critical reporting from Cycle, Cycle News, Cycle Canada, Dirt Bike and Motorcyclist mags.

    This motorcycle reads like the "formula" for a 250 4T. Hell, I could build a bike now, assemble it in an old grocery store. Just look at the "Big 5" MX bike makers and copy! Source parts from around the world. Showa susp., Keihin f.i. and ECM, Dirt Star wheels with no name hubs. Brembo brakes, or Nissin, frames and tanks from India, plastics from China! Engines from Suzuki or Bombardier. Oh, but it'll be engineered in either Canada or the U.S.A.!